Sparring Techniques & Tips
This page provides you with free videos & information regarding
Taekwondo sparring techniques and strategies.
Taekwondo sparring is a great way for kids & adults to gain
confidence, utilize their Taekwondo skills in a "real world"
environment (versus just hitting pads or static practice
dummies) and lose their fear being hit. Practice these moves at home so you can surprise &
defeat your Taekwondo sparring opponents!
Amazon Resources -
Books on Sparring Techniques
Taekwondo Sparring Strategy
- Sparring Combination Attacks
- Use multiple kicks during sparring in order to win. Don't stop
after a single kick.
- Sparring Counter Attacks
- How to score a point when you are on defense in sparring.
- Olympic Taekwondo Sparring
- Study Olympic athletes in order to see how they combine
offense and defense in Taekwondo sparring. Watch the best
Taekwondo athletes in the world in order to improve your
sparring strategy and techniques.
Cook - These Taekwondo videos focus on Aaron Cook, an
Olympic contestant from the UK. He knocked out Steven Lopez (the
Olympic gold medalist) in 2009.
Dong-Min - These Taekwondo videos focus on Cha Dong-Min, an Olympic gold medalist from S. Korea.
Jones - These Taekwondo videos focus on Jade Jones, a
young Olympic Taekwondo star from the UK.
Steven Lopez - These Taekwondo videos focus on Steven Lopez, an Olympic gold medalist from the USA. He will be
competing in the 2012 Olympics.
Diana Lopez - These Taekwondo videos focus on Diana Lopez
who has won a bronze medal at the Olympics. She is the sister
of Steven Lopez.
Saei - These Taekwondo videos focus on Hadi Saei, an
Olympic gold medalist from Iran. He has won two gold medals at
the Olympics (in 2004 and 2008).
Sarah Stevenson - These Taekwondo videos focus on Sarah
Stevenson, an Olympic Taekwondo star from the UK.
- Move to the side!! Don't just move forward and backwards. Moving
to the side (when an opponent attacks) allows you to score
easily. For example, when an opponent throws a back kick, you
should shift to his open side (versus just moving backwards to
escape the kick). This will allow you to avoid the kick, be
close enough to throw an effective roundhouse kick and catch
him/her in a position where it is hard to block your kick. In
this example, if the opponent throws a right leg back kick, you
would shift to the right (the opponent's left) in order to score
Sparring Tips - Taekwondo sparring tips from Taekwondo Australia, NSW
Sparring Tips from Taekwondo-Information - Good Taekwondo
sparring tips for
kids just learning how to spar.
Taekwondo Sparring Strategy -Taekwondo sparring strategy from PhysicalArts.com
36 Sparring Tips - Taekwondo sparring tips from PhysicalArts.com
- Excerpts from
- Counterattacking has a better
chance of scoring than attacking for advanced competitors.
- The most frequently used attacks
are roundhouse kick, back kick and axe kick.
- Successful competitors can
effectively counter these kicks.
- The side kick and front kick are
rarely used in competition any more and are highly unlikely to
- Olympic Sparring Rules
- According to the sparring regulations from the
World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), you get one point for a
valid attack on the trunk protector, two points for a valid
turning kick to the trunk protector, three points for a valid
kick to the head and four points for a valid turning kick to the
- Match score shall be the sum of points of the three rounds.
- Fancy techniques give you more points but they also can leave
you vulnerable and obviously are more difficult than simple (and
more reliable) techniques. Olympic organizers are trying to make
Taekwondo sparring more exciting and thus they are encouraging
spectacular head kicks. Stick with the basics until you have
completely mastered more advanced techniques.
Taekwondo Sparring Instructional Videos