Tae Kwon Do is probably one of the most well known and widely practiced
martial arts throughout the world, which is actually surprising considering it originates from the tiny country of Korea. Tae Kwon Do is best known for it’s spectacular kicks, board breaking feats and complex and impressive form patterns. These forms are not only great for getting in shape but are also used in inspiring demonstrations and competitions. Tae Kwon Do form competitions are held on regional, national and international levels. Pretty much anyone can learn Tae Kwon Do forms with the right level of dedication and good instruction. However truly mastering these forms and impressing the judges enough to stand out and win a trophy is an art. Check out the following tips for making sure you come out a winner at the next event! These can basically be broken down into 3 categories:
Of course judging is supposed to be based on technique and execution of your Tae Kwon Do form. But this is not the only factor that can sway the judge’s mind. Still learn your form inside and out. Practice it backwards, forwards and in every direction possible as well as in different locations so that you will be totally comfortable at the competition in new surroundings. Make sure you get your instructors individual attention and guidance of performing each technique to perfection, especially the stances.
Sorry to say it, but as with anything in life your looks will probably influence the judges to some extent even if they shouldn’t be swayed by that. This doesn’t mean you need to look like a Barbie doll or Bruce Lee, though looking your best will definitely help. But let’s face it, if you are grossly over weight and look like you haven’t tried to get in shape or have been attending classes regularly it will effect the judges at least subconsciously. Try a little harder to get in good coming up to competition time. Also make sure you have a competition style uniform and it is pristine, radiantly clean and pressed with crisp creases.
3. Attitude & Confidence
What you lack in the other categories you can make up for in attitude and confidence. Just like an actor, put yourself in the mindset of a champion martial artist. Deliver your Kihaps with confidence, loudly and fiercely like you want to scare the judge. Execute your techniques with force and intensity like you are battling for your life not just performing a routine. Acting confident can also help you should you make a mistake in your form sequence. Do not apologize or look lost, continue on the best you can with confidence and who knows maybe your judge will overlook it.
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