This page provides you with free videos & information regarding
Taekwondo sparring techniques and strategies.
Taekwondo sparring is a great way for kids & adults to gain
confidence, utilize their Taekwondo skills in a "real world"
environment (versus just hitting pads or static practice
dummies) and lose their fear being hit. Practice these moves at home so you can surprise &
defeat your Taekwondo sparring opponents! FYI - If you are
looking for more advanced sparring equipment (i.e. a step up
from your old cloth
sparring gear), you can find lightly used dense foam Taekwondo sparring
gear or kicking dummies often at huge discounts on our
Taekwondo Sparring Techniques & Tips
Attacks - Here are some basic sparring techniques to use when you are the sparring
aggressor. If you need to learn the proper techniques for any of
these kicks, please visit our
Counter to an opponent's roundhouse kick -
Taekwondo sparring defense against a
roundhouse kick. Counter with a block,
punch and roundhouse kick. One of the basic Taekwondo sparring
Taekwondo techniques that you must practice.
Olympic Taekwondo Sparring
- Study Olympic athletes in order to see how they combine
offense and defense in Taekwondo sparring. Watch the best
Taekwondo athletes in the world in order to improve your
sparring strategy and techniques.
Cook - These Taekwondo videos focus on Aaron Cook who is an
Olympic contestant from the UK. He knocked out Steven Lopez (the
Olympic gold medalist) in 2009.
Dong-Min - These Taekwondo videos focus on Cha Dong-Min who
is an Olympic gold medalist from S. Korea.
Jones - These Taekwondo videos focus on Jade Jones who is a
young Olympic Taekwondo star from the UK.
Steven Lopez - These Taekwondo videos focus on Steven Lopez
who is an Olympic gold medalist from the USA. He will be
competing in the 2012 Olympics.
Diana Lopez - These Taekwondo videos focus on Diana Lopez
who has won a bronze medal at the Olympics. She is the sister
of Steven Lopez.
Saei - These Taekwondo videos focus on Hadi Saei who is an
Olympic gold medalist from Iran. He has won two gold medals at
the Olympics (in 2004 and 2008).
Sarah Stevenson - These Taekwondo videos focus on Sarah
Stevenson who is an Olympic Taekwondo star from the UK.
Olympics - Numerous Taekwondo Olympic sparring matches (i.e.
USA vs. Korea). Videos from Olympic.org
2004 Olympics -
Korea vs. Greece. Heavyweight Taekwondo Olympic gold medal match. Key tip from
this match - Use a back kick or spinning hook kick on an aggressive attacker.
Taekwondo Sparring Strategy
Move to the side!! Don't just move forward and backwards. Moving
to the side (when an opponent attacks) allows you to score
easily. For example, when an opponent throws a back kick, you
should shift to his open side (versus just moving backwards to
escape the kick). This will allow you to avoid the kick, be
close enough to throw an effective roundhouse kick and catch
him/her in a position where it is hard to block your kick. In
this example, if the opponent throws a right leg back kick, you
would shift to the right (the opponent's left) in order to score
Sparring Tips - Taekwondo sparring tips from Taekwondo Australia, NSW
Counterattacking has a better
chance of scoring than attacking for advanced competitors.
The most frequently used attacks
are roundhouse kick, back kick and axe kick.
Successful competitors can
effectively counter these kicks.
The side kick and front kick are
rarely used in competition any more and are highly unlikely to
Olympic Sparring Rules
According to the sparring regulations from the
World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), you get one point for a
valid attack on the trunk protector, two points for a valid
turning kick to the trunk protector, three points for a valid
kick to the head and four points for a valid turning kick to the
Match score shall be the sum of points of the three rounds.
- Fancy techniques give you more points but they also can leave
you vulnerable and obviously are more difficult than simple (and
more reliable) techniques. Olympic organizers are trying to make
Taekwondo sparring more exciting and thus they are encouraging
spectacular head kicks. Stick with the basics until you have
completely mastered more advanced techniques.
Taekwondo Sparring Instructional Videos
Top 100 Taekwondo Scoring Techniques by Sang Kim
- This Taekwondo DVD teaches you a huge variety of sparring
Complete Sparring # 1
by Sang Kim - This Taekwondo DVD
teaches basic sparring techniques (i.e. kicks and various
Complete Sparring # 2
by Sang Kim - This Taekwondo DVD teaches
sparring counter attacks, various defenses and footwork. It is
the follow-on DVD for Complete Sparring # 1.
Mastering Tae Kwon Do Black Belt
Sparring by Jong Soo Park - This Taekwondo DVD teaches "the art
of Black Belt Sparring, including combinations that work,
drills, do's and don'ts".