Update from TAB

Update from TAB

Mr. Adrian Byrne has provided us with an extensive update on the work completed by the Taekwon-Do Advisory Board (TAB) in 2011 and the plans for 2012. Please click on more for the full bulletin.

 
The TAB calendar of coaching courses for 2012 looks like this:
 
19th / 20th January Introduction to Coaching Taekwon-Do  Shannon Taekwon-Do Centre
23rd / 24th June IMAC Level 2 Core Weekend 1 Venue in Dublin
21st / 22nd July IMAC Level 2 Core Weekend 2 Venue in Dublin
22nd / 23rd September Taekwon-Do Level 1 Certified Pilot Shannon Taekwon-Do Centre
20th / 21st October Taekwon-Do Level 1 Certified Pilot Shannon Taekwon-Do Centre
 
Additionally TAB may look to schedule another Introduction to Coaching course in Dublin or the Midlands based on feedback from both RITA and ITA about demand. TAB recommends that you advise any of your members who wish to participate in the Level 1 Taekwon-Do coaching course that they must (at time of application) be 1st Dan or higher and have the following certificates:
 
Current first aid
Child protection awareness
TAB Introduction to Coaching Taekwon-Do

While in theory we have enough coaches through the Intro to justify running more than one Level 1 course we found last year that both attempts to run the course stalled due to applicants not having the requisite certificates. This is unfortunately a hurdle we must cross. 

 
 
In terms of TAB work accomplished in the past 12 months, the key areas have been in relation to coaching course development. We had hoped to pilot the Level 1 (Taekwon-Do Specific) programme last year, and while this didn't come about it has allowed more time for the development of resources for the course. These include the 101 Games resource for children aged 6-12, which will be printed in full colour and included for all coaches undertaking the level 1 programme. Each coach will additionally receive a coaching manual in support of their learning (posted on receipt of the application) which is extensive, in full colour and bound in a beautifully designed acrylic binder, allowing for coaches to add notes wherever they feel necessary. Coaches will answer short and multiple choice questions on each chapter and complete some tasks PRIOR to attending the course to allow for greater discussion and practical activity during the contact hours and facilitating less lecture style presentation. The electronic resources (videos, tasks, reusable materials, planners, evaluation sheets etc) are provided on a TAB branded USB Flash Memory Stick for ease of use. 
 
At Level 2, the common core (undertaken by all Arts within IMAC collaboratively) has been piloted successfully and is now being revised for delivery in Mid 2012. There will initially be quite stringent entry criteria and quota's per Art as there are nearly 300 IMAC Level 1 coaches who might apply. The programme is resource heavy (in terms of Tutors and facilities), and so IMAC will be able to deliver a maximum of 2 per year over the short to medium term. TAB has worked to prepare the Taekwon-Do specific portion of the programme, and to date this is ready in outline form. Much work is still needed to develop the detail and supporting resources and in fact we will need to pilot the course to fully appreciate what is needed by the student instructors. The core portion is 4 days in duration with an additional 5 days of Taekwon-Do specific delivery spaced over 8 months to follow. There is extensive project work and logged coaching practice required for this qualification. 
 
To recap on the Levels we will have available to us: 
Introduction to coaching Taekwon-Do: 4th Kup and higher, 16 yrs and older. Sampler course, generates interest in coaching, suitable for informal club assistants.
Level 1 Coach: 1st Dan and higher aged 18 and over. Assistant club coach/instructor award. 
Level 2 Coach: 2nd Dan and higher aged 19 and over. Senior club/instructor award.
 
TAB offered and conducted two courses at the Introduction to Coaching level. The course in Shannon had 14 participants (after cancellations) while the course in Cork had 6 participants (we decided to run with 11 participants to support the region, 5 cancelled on the day prior or without notice, their monies will be held until they next wish to attend the course). This course sustained a loss of over €500 after expenses. 
 
TAB is very close to finalising work on a document entitled "From Innocence to Maturity: A Guide to Long Term Athlete Development in ITF Taekwon-Do". This work will be available to all TAB member clubs early next year in printed format. The guide contains information and advice on the appropriate training methods (technical, tactical, cognitive, social, personal, emotional), programme content, training volume, competition formats and syllabus considerations for each training population from Middle Childhood to Competitive Elite Adults and Social/Recreational participants. This is accompanied by posters/pamphlets with summaries suitable for parents/participants. The document underpins coach education and training in the TAB. 
 
On behalf of TAB,
Mr. Adrian Byrne V Dan.
Posted by Stephen Ryan