February 25, 2020

British Taekwondo World Champion Bianca Walkden celebrated her first competitive outing of the year by taking the gold medal at the President’s Cup in Sweden.

The heavyweight was one of three GB Taekwondo medal winners with Jade Jones and Christian McNeish securing silver and bronze respectively in Helsingborg.

Triple world champion Walkden defeated Turkish rival and European gold medallist, Nafia Kus in the +73kg final.

She told...

February 6, 2020

When coming up against a fighter who likes to press forward with sharp strikes or kicks in sparring, there is something thing you can do to help turn the tide in your favour.

'Faking' or feinting is a skill which allows you to draw your opponent off balance, break their timing, and generally put them off their attack.

In these circumstances, it sometimes feels impossible to get your opponent to move back. You can use faking skil...

January 23, 2020

Parents, coaches and sport club volunteers are being supported to spot and guard against child sexual exploitation through a low cost course created by national child safeguarding charity NWG Network and funded by Sport England.

The 30-minute course is designed to provide an introduction to safeguarding issues for all those involved in sports at a local level and will be available for just £5. The course available here https://...

January 14, 2020

As the 2020 Summer Olympic Games move ever closer, GB Taekwondo's Tokyo countdown has already begun. Thanks to their lofty world rankings, Jade Jones (-57kg), Lauren Williams (-67kg), Bianca Walkden (+67kg) and Bradley Sinden (-68kg) have already secured their Olympic berth, whilst Mahama Cho's recent Grandslam silver medal also secured a Men's heavyweight spot.

The final lineup won't be officially named by Team GB until May, w...

January 2, 2020

The ability to throw effective punches is up there with the most important aspects of combat martial arts and sports.

A common mistake when sparring / fighting is the failure to keep your feet directly under your punches. Overreaching puts you off balance and isn't conducive to delivering quality high impact strikes.

Having good balance increases your punching power, allows for better counters, and gives your greater defensive a...

October 16, 2019

Leading the attack or counter fighting is a question most martial artists will have asked themselves many times during their training.

There are seemingly obvious arguments to each method.

Counter-attacking is a more defensive style of fighting, so you'd imagine the risks of being hit would be lower. It also requires waiting for your opponent to make the first move, therefore you could judge the situation whilst deciding what ac...

September 18, 2019

GB Taekwondo stars Bianca Walkden and Christian McNeish each secured silver medals at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Chiba last week.

Triple World Champion Bianca faced China’s Shuyin Zheng for the first time since the 2019 World Taekwondo Championships. She narrowly lost in the +67kg Final by virtue of golden point.

Speaking on her medal, she told GB Taekwondo: “Obviously I’m never happy if I don’t win gold, but honestly it’...

August 21, 2019

Jacob Edwards-Bytom, director at one of the UK's leading martial arts equipment suppliers, Made4Fighters, provides his comprehensive guide to elbow protection for the modern martial artist.

Protection, Injury Prevention, and Rehabilitation:

Experience a lot of falls to the mat? Play an elbow intense sport like Muay Thai? You need to make sure you protect your elbows, regardless of age. If you’re a long time practitioner of Mar...

July 12, 2019

Sparring is an important aspect of training in nearly every martial art. It's one of the most enjoyable yet challenging experiences for any martial artist, irrespective of grade or ability.

There are no 'secrets to success' when it comes to sparring or competing. Everybody is different and so learns and improves differently, at varying degrees of speed.

Most martial arts require sparring for the more senior grades (belts/sashes)...

July 1, 2019

GB Taekwondo made it a worthwhile trip to Australia with medal hauls from three different competitions, the World Taekwondo President's Cup, the Australian Open and the Oceania Para Championship.

Three British fighting stars claimed Gold in the first part of the Australian tour. Christian McNeish was victorious in the -68kg, defeating Yu-Jen Huang from China.

World Grand Slam Champion Lauren Williams made a welcome return to for...

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