TAB Introduction to Coaching

TAB Introduction to Coaching


On the weekend of the 15th and 16th January, 15 coaches completed a Taekwon-Do Advisory Board Introduction to Coaching ITF Taekwon-Do Course in the new Shannon Taekwon-Do Team Dojang. This course is the first award on the Coach Development pathway and must be completed by all coaches before moving to the Assistant Coach (Level 1) and Club Coach (Level 2) awards.

The course is designed to stimulate an interest in coaching among new prospective coaches and to provide an introduction to basic coaching techniques and standards. Some of the topics covered include:

·      Coaching roles, values and ethics

·      Coaching for character and positive discipline

·      Safety awareness and group organisation

·      Characteristics of the young student (aged 6-8)

·      Long term athletic development in Taekwon-Do

·      Communication

·      Delivery of warm up and games for physical development

·      Coaching of the fundamental movements

·      IDEAL principle

·      A games for understanding approach to teaching sparring skills

·      Observation, analysis and feedback




The feedback received from the participants included:

·      “Course was exciting and gave me a fresh outlook on what it means to be a coach and what you can achieve”

·      “The course was delivered very effectively and professionally, well done”

·      “Overall, excellent. Very professionally run with highly experienced and expert tutors. A lot of valuable knowledge”

·      “Tutors were very understanding and practical”

·      “The course was given in a clear and understandable way, the use of course material and facilities was excellent”

Two more Introductory awards are planned for this year in locations around the country, however the most exciting news is that this year for the first time Level 1 and Level 2 awards will be delivered for ITF Taekwon-Do coaches. These awards cover ever more advanced coaching skills and techniques as well as more advanced Taekwon-Do technique. They also cover the instruction of students in the 9-13 and 14 – 18 age ranges as well as non elite adult participants. All programmes are validated by Coaching Ireland (the Government Agency which is charged with the recognition and maintenance of standards in coach education) and are will be recognised on the European Framework of Educational Qualifications. 

Posted by ITA Admin