CHRISTCHURCH OLYMPIC TAEKWONDO SPARRING SEMINAR - 6th April 2014 -
Gina Gao Koryugi Seminar
On Sunday 6th April our club played host for one of TNZ's National Coaches, Gina Guo. The event was organized as part of TUNZ's kyorugi development programme and was open to all clubs in the area. Gina has just come back from the Junior World Championships and Youth Olympic selection events and we were keen to pick up any new developments happening internationally.
The first session of the day was aimed at coloured belts and focused on the basics of successful tournament fighting - movement and the turning kick. Good technique was stressed; balance and avoiding extra movement, kicking with the correct part of the foot, and the angle of the kick. Everything was practiced forward, backward, with the front foot, back foot and with both the midsection and the head as the target.
Gina finished by critiqued each participant individually, and her forthrightness on any shortcomings and what needed to be done to correct them was praised, with one of our students telling me they completed their first successful switch kick with Gina's help.
The afternoon session was for red belts and up, and started with advice on the right mindset, ensuring everything was done with purpose, and ensuring you have a plan for a follow up or counter technique for every action in the ring. Techniques for disrupting your opponent and creating an opening for yourself was practiced ... and practiced, with much of the first part of the session done while moving and standing on one leg - much to the discomfort of many of the participants. The importance of leg strength and fitness was reinforced with a couple of exercises not too dissimilar to the training at the rubber band club, but much more uncomfortable.
Following on from the pad work, semi contact and full contact sparring was used to demonstrate some of Gina's points, including when fighting for a golden point. Luckily Gina's flight back to Auckland was planned for some time after the scheduled seminar finish because training went on for an extra hour and a half.
Two great sessions by a gifted athlete and coach, each well aimed at the level of the participants. Some parts painful, but all for good reason, everyone came away having learned something and having enjoyed themselves. Our thanks both to Gina and the Union. Article - Yorick Neal
On Sunday 6th April our Club was honoured to have 2nd dan Black Belt Gina Gao visit our Dojang to take us for a specialised Koryugi Seminar. As Junior World Team Coach and two time National champ of China, Gina is highly qualified and we were extremely lucky to benefit from her experience. I particpated in the afternoon session which was aimed at red belts and over.
Gina began the session with the latest updates from the Junior World Champs in Taiwan. Her message was clear: Our NZ fighters are great at initiating the attack but they need to learn to follow the attack with subsequent moves and always plan 2-3 moves ahead. Gina also spoke at length about the importance of learning the technique of "Cutting". We spent an hour practising this technique and perfecting it's range of uses and applications.
The next hour was spent practising with partners. We concentrated on calculating distances, counter drills using different partners to vary the height and range of our opponent. This session finished with a gruelling strength training drill where Gina had us holding the wall whilst holding our legs in extended kick formation for what felt like an eternity . Gina showed us how important it was to strengthen the muscles in our backs and hips to ensure we can execute strong, accurate kicks.
The final session, we padded up for contact sparring before a good stretching session.
The overall experience was challenging and tiring but enjoyable. The key concepts that we have all taken away are invaluable and we have all learnt a great deal. On behalf of the Club I would like to thank Gina for sharing her time and experience with us. I really look forward to seeing our Tornament fighters use their new skills at the next tournament! Go Team Christchurch!!! Article - Anita Harding