My legs were like noodles. My lungs burned and a little longer and I could’ve sworn I was going to throw up my heart. It was a feeling I’ve never felt before in my entire life.
I was literally praying that my coach would call “stop” and let me just catch my breath. I didn’t care who was winning in this practice session, I just wanted it all to end. Have you ever been this exhausted in a Taekwondo tournament or in training? Let me tell you, it’s an awful feeling. I’ve played sports my whole life, and I’ve learned, when you’re playing a team sport, it’s easy to take a breather.
When you’re in the ring with someone who is trying to dominate you with kicks and punches, it’s pretty hard to hide behind a teammate. Taekwondo Martial art competition is one of the most amazing sports. The moment you step into the ring, it’s just you, 3 judges and a ref that know you as a match number, and can careless who you are. Then there’s the person accross the ring who is going to stop at nothing to win this martial art dual.
In Taekwondo conditioning is sooooo important! I don’t care if you’re a competitor or not. I was totally spent in that training session. The only reason my coached push me that hard was because he knew if he could get me to that breaking point, I’d never break again- and that’s precisely what he wanted.
What about self defense? Are you able to take yourself all the way to that breaking point in training so you could fend off any attacker for any amount of time? What about competition? Are you able to fight 4 matches in a row and give it 110% That’s what champions are made of!
Here’s your Success Tip to maximize energy
1 Drink plenty of water throughout the day. You should drink your weight in ounces divided by 2. If you’re 200 lbs, you should drink 100 ounces of water a day.
2 Avoid carbonated drinks before training, and forget the energy drinks. Seriously, some taste good and all, but it’s all marketing. True athletes drink water.
3. Build endurance by training in an explosive fashion. For example, plyo tuck jumps, or wind sprints. Set a goal for how many you’re going to do instead of going until you’re tired. If it were too easy one day, now you know to increase the intesity. Until next time.
About the Author: Kevin Huston Rhodes is a TV and Radio personality in San Saba, Texas who holds black belts in Hapkido, KyukTookKi, and Mixed Martial Arts. He is the co-host of the “World Martial Arts Magazine Show” and the executive director of “The World Martial Arts TV Show” on www.worldmartialartsmedia.com. He can be reach via his website at www.legacybelts.com.