Posts Tagged ‘taekwondo’

Bringing It! TaeKwondo Blackbelt Style!

Monday, August 8th, 2011


As many of you would know I like to close ‘loops’ (at strategic points in time of course) and so as a follow up to previous blog posts on Point To Point and Re-Patterning Visualisation where we discussed my son’s structured and strategic progress up the Taekwondo belt rankings.

Going from a youngster who couldn’t string more then two tasks together to over the last couple of weekends going through his grading process for his black belt in Taekwondo.

This required in-depth knowledge of various skills, including:

  • multiple patterns raging from 9 to 38 moves in sequential order
  • detailed knowledge of punches, blocks, kicks and defence moves
  • weapon sequences
  • board breaking and
  • multiple attacker defence

He put everything he had learned into practice; effectively managing his nerves to perform outstandingly well and obtain his First Dan Black Belt – the day after his 13th birthday.

Well done Son.

Visualising Yourself an Effective Memory

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

The closer we get the practise environment to the performance environment, the better the cognitive connection.


VisualisationThis month my 12 year old is going for his Black Belt grading, in the full-contact sport of Taekwondo. He is pragmatically learning the set sequence of moves (patterns), weapon sequences, self-defense, sparing and board breaking techniques as part of the requirements.

There are 9 pattern sequences containing 9 – 38 individual moves and all need to be completed with controlled intention, faultlessly.

This whole process is something he is finding quite grueling, especially for someone who up until a few years ago couldn’t remember three things in a row without becoming frustrated and disheartened! His difficulty in recalling sequential instructions was the reason, after much research, we selected Taekwondo to help him. He could complete one or sometimes two tasks, then have difficulty recalling the third – irrespective of the topic (for example: get dressed, then have breakfast, then clean your teeth).

In the larger picture, this was affecting his education and confidence. So finding a way for him to learn these skills and engage in a sport he enjoys (and will therefore stick to) was key in helping him train his ability to build order and sequence into his life.

Although learning effective sequencing is a necessary skill most of us take for granted, we had to learn it for ourselves at some time and doesn’t come easily for some. So learning these 9-38 move patterns has been no easy task for my son! It is a learned process for all of us and like any other skill needs to be learned, practiced, perfected and then maintained in order to be sustained.

If the above challenge sounds familiar to you, the great news is there are a couple of key tricks of the trade (the mind trade that is!) we can apply to speed up the process in increasing your efficiency and recall rate.

We have discussed a couple of forms of visualisation in previous posts such as Point to Point Visualisation and Re-Patterning Visualisation – all highly systematised, easily compartmentalised, and cross-platform applicable.

This form of visualisation is no different and it calls on some of the core skill-sets you have already learned.

With all visualisation the closer we get the practise environment to the performance environment, the better the cognitive connection and therefore recall will be. So in my son’s situation, the first step was to have him visualise the patterns in his Taekwondo uniform, on a similar flooring and under the same sensory conditions (noise, smell, feel etc).

Our emotions are major contributors to our ability to remember something. Think back to your childhood, the memories that are at the forefront of your memory are those that hold the most emotional weight!

So with this in mind, we also took away his vision (temporarily of course) with a blindfold, as our eyesight overrides our memory. This is an important aspect of embedding visualisation and effective memory creation, allowing our brain to build its own connection and recall the pattern uninhibited by external influences. This gives some personal ownership and therefore some emotional weight to the skill (or pattern).

Just these two skills alone will massively help increase recall.

“Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind
through repetition of thought.”
~ Napoleon Hill