NZETKD High Performance Development Training Camp
The weekend of January 18th - 20th saw the 3rd High Performance Development Training Camp facilitated by New Zealand Elite Taekwondo (NZETKD) get underway.
30 athletes from around the country travelling from as far as Auckland and Christchurch made their way to Palmerston North to undertake a full schedule of Taekwondo development at the Massey University Sport & Rugby Institute (SRI).
International presenters Grandmaster Ky-tu Dang from Denmark (Poomsae) and Ali Khalil from Australia (Kyorugi) were in attendance to share their extensive knowledge, along with current two-time Olympian Logan Campbell, Olympic referee Stan Wagner and experienced Kyorugi coach Mark Hall.
The weekend began with registration and an orientation of the internationally recognised facility in which all technical and seminar sessions, accommodation and dining took place. Grandmaster Ky-tu Dang saying “I have trained all around the world and this facility is first class”.
Athletes were provided with a resource booklet that included a schedule for the weekend, seminar session notes and other information relevant to the camp. NZETKD camp staff maintained strict timeframes to ensure that the transition between sessions ran seamlessly. Two technical mat sessions on both Friday and Saturday were separated by a series of seminar sessions including Nutrition by Hurricanes Rugby Team Nutritionist Rachel Svenson, Sports Psychology by NZ Olympic Team Psychologist Gary Hermansson and physiotherapy by NZ Women’s Black Sticks Physio Fiona O’Connor. Competition rules and strategy were also covered over the weekend, with the final technical session on Day three accompanied by a time management seminar with Massey University Head of School of Management Professor Sarah Leberman.
The final technical mat sessions on each day ended with a compulsory hot/cold treatment in 2m deep recovery pools. The first of these cold pool immersion treatments was an experience that most of the athletes will not forget in a hurry and was a great bonding experience for all. After a full Saturday that began at 6:45am athletes finished the day with a team building session that had them blindfolded at times and tied together in teams trying to find objects strategically placed around the room. It was an experience full of fun and laughter that cemented the culture of the group.
Thanks must go to the SRI staff for providing excellent meals to keep everyone fuelled during the camp, the technical and seminar session presenters for your valuable knowledge, NZETKD staff for your co-ordination of the camp and especially to the athletes for the desire to develop yourselves and attend such a resource filled training camp.
The next NZETKD High Performance Development training camp will be confirmed at a later date, for any information please email - firstname.lastname@example.org Our
Christchurch Olympic Taekwondo instructors Alan Brian & Joshua Vergeer have attended NZETKD training camps.