Let's be honest! Learning patterns can be tricky!
And Taekwon-do has lots of patterns!
Patterns training is physically demanding and very rewarding but often people forget to tell you "its mentally taxing too!' Not only do you have to contend with problems of memory, strength and flexibility but each individual technique is made up of multiple elements and seeing them is hard for the untrained eye.
Many instructors teach great classes and are intimately acquainted with the details of each of the multitude of TKD techniques. There is NO SUBSTITUTE for a good instructor.
But not many people are lucky enough to live with a Taekwon-do instructor. Though you may receive very detailed instruction in class, if you are like me, there's a good chance you don't remember much of it when you're at home trying to practice in the garden.
Learning from YouTube videos is hard too as they very rarely explain and "who knows which ones are any good?"
What makes a good instructional video?
Many people who teach Taekwon-do are great martial artists. Some are fighters or great patterns performers but teaching is a whole different set of skills. 'Performing well and Teaching well ' are totally different skills.
That's why it's important when buying an instructional video that you select one made by people who understand the theory of learning.
Not everyone learns in the same way
Some people can see something once and they are able to perform it perfectly. For the vast majority of us it is not that easy. That is why it is essential that a good instructional video caters for all.
Techniques should not only be demonstrated but should be broken down into incremental stages and then built up to the whole technique. But only when the learner is ready.
Taking one's time is ALWAYS the best way. Thats why good instructionals offer patience and yet don't hold back those most able. To achieve this it is essential to highlight the common areas of difficulty and the most frequently made errors.
Who am I?
My Name is Ciaran McDonald M.A., M.Ed.
I am the author of the celebrated book:
I have a long background in education and have taught at many of the UK's best universities. I was a teacher and a teacher trainer for many years before becoming a full-time Taekwon-do instructor. I know a little about education and learning theory.
However, I am also the head instructor of the highly successful Oxfordshire Taekwon-do: a series of inclusive schools that have taught Taekwon-do to international champions and hobbyists for the last 10 years.
I love TKD and I love teaching it. I love helping people study this great art and watching their lives change through self-improvement and a sense of achievement. That's why I made this series of pattern tutorials based on 'my experiences" as a learner and my professional knowledge of education.
These tutorials are specifically designed to help those who need it.
I also started 'Old School Perspectives' for those who want to find the 'self-defence' in their TKD and have produced special Self-defence courses too.
What makes our pattern tutorials so good?
OSP pattern tutorials offer learners the following:
- Each technique broken down into its component parts and demonstrated
- Highlighting of common areas of difficulty
- Stance training and explanation
- Focus on mistakes frequently made by learners
- Explanations of stylistic differences that organisations may require
- Static and dynamic versions of many techniques
- Sine wave focus on each new technique
- Full demos of each pattern (some with running explanation)
- Short drills to train each sub skill
- COVID lockdown tips for training
- Explanations of history and pattern meanings
- Full list of all Korean Terms.
- Watch as many times as you like
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Scott McMillan - 5th Degree
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GM James Tjin A Ton - 9th Degree ITF
One of the best book I've read on TKD
GM Paul Liversidge - 9th Degree
Well researched and presented
David Price -3rd Degree
- Pattern Introduction and History
- Technique Training 1: L-Stance to Fixed Stance
- Technique Training 2: Rear Foot Stance and Upward Palm Block
- Technique Training 3: Fast Motion Explained
- Moves 0-1: Ready Position and Middle Reverse Knife Hand Block
- Moves 1-6: Salutation to Upward Palm Block
- Moves 7-10: Knife Hand Guarding Block to Upward Elbow Strike
- Move 11: Twin Vertical Punch
- Move 12: Twin Upset Punch
- Moves 13-14: X-Fist Rising Block and Back Fist Strike
- Moves 14-19: Fast Motion - Release Move & High Punch
- Moves 20-26: Double Forearm Block to Guarding Block
- Moves 27-29: Guarding Block to Palm Pressing Block
- Moves 30-32: Turning Punch & U-Shaped Block
- Full Pattern: Normal Speed
- Full Pattern Version 2: With Old Style Pressing Block