Instructor Workshop Report
The ITA Instructor workshop was held in North Mon TKD, Cork City on Sunday September 16th 2012. The workshop was attended by ITA instructors from all across Ireland, and included the attendance of ITA masters; Master Wheatley, Master O'Rourke and Master Franks. The workshop was lead by the ITA Technical Committee; Master Kenneth Wheatley VII Dan, Mr. Niall Jones V Dan and Mr. Stephen Ryan V Dan. The idea of the workshop was to help standardise the teaching of the ITA syllabus among ITA instructors but also for instructors to share ideas, especially with the new Taekwon-Do season commencing.
The workshop started with activities for warm-up. Instructors shared ideas on fun games that could be used in kids, teens and adult classes and specific warm-ups for sparring, patterns and kicking. Next were exercises for improving flexibility, core strength and dynamic kicking ability, which was lead by Mr. Ryan. Mr. Ryan demonstrated different methods for teaching the progressions of basic kicking techniques and preparing the body for kicking combinations. For the technical part of the class, the instructors were first divided into groups and worked together on the ITF patterns. The ITA technical committee observed and offered feedback and clarification on the patterns and focused especially on sine-wave movement, turning, stepping, transitioning from one leg to another and correcting common faults with the patterns. Instructors were also given feedback on teaching methods for the ITF patterns and how ideas on how to correct common errors. Next the group worked on 3, 2 and 1 step sparring and the protocol for each was discussed and standardised. The workshop was a great success as it offered instructors the chance to get new ideas for their classes, different methodologies for teaching the syllabus and also to clarify different technical matters. It was carried out in a friendly and open atmosphere and all present expressed a desire for more regular workshops for instructors in the future.Posted by Stephen Ryan