Nutrition and Taekwondo Training

We are all both mind and body, two things constantly affecting each other through their close connection. Our mental state affects our ability to perform physically, the state of our physical body can affect our mental abilities. One important factor for both our physical and mental performance is the nutrition in our diet.


The benefits of a good diet are often not appreciated till the diet is actually practiced. It is easy to consider our compromised health to be normal rather than the side effect of poor nutrition.


Advantages of good diet when doing martial arts include;

  • Lower body fat, which is beneficial for speed.
  • Faster reflexes, a mental and physical aspect of martial arts.
  • Clearer thought.
  • More rapid improvement through training.
  • Significantly improved endurance.
  • Greatly improved immune system.
  • Better mood.


It is not difficult to know about the right food to eat, though it can be difficult to stick to the right food. Avoid all processed food and stick to food as it occurs in nature. This means steak and chicken rather than hotdogs or pastry. Cook fresh vegetables and eat fruit. We should know to stay away from junk food.


It can be a good practice to eat smaller meals every 2-3 hours rather than the traditional habit of eating larger meals three times per day.


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Drinking plenty of water, eating what we know is a healthy diet, and training well make all the different to martial arts and taekwondo training. We live better lives through doing things well.

Martial Arts Quotes






Knowledge and mental attitude are part of any physical training, especially Martial arts training. A few insights, few good quotes can mean we approach our training in a more effective manner.


“By knowing things that exist, you can know that which does not exist.”

In the void is virtue, and no evil. Wisdom has existence, principle has existence, the Way has existence, spirit is nothingness.”

Miyamoto Musashi – The Book of Five rings


“Training is one of the most neglected phases of athletics. Too much time is given to the development of skill and too little to the development of the individual for participation. …

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Bruce Lee


“In the struggle between the stone and water, in time, the water wins”

“Fall down 7 times, get up 8 times.”


Japanese Proverbs

“Use your head, or somebody else might.”

“The more you sweat in practice the less you bleed in practice”


“There is no finish line. When you reach one goal, fine a new one”

Chuck Norris


Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.

— Dave Barry

Self Defence for Women Sydney






How to avoid many Confrontations.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Keep a note of where police, petrol stations, phones and other facilities are. You may have to escape there. Look for somewhere to flee in an emergency.
  • Check any situation before you enter it, even if you have been there many times before. It is too easy to walk into a convenience store and then see it is being held up. With luck, you might even help someone else who is in trouble.
  • Don’t walk around listening to music or talking on the phone. This is a distraction, and you need to be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a distance from other people. This means all strangers, not just those who look suspicious. People with an honest face are sometime the worst criminals.
  • Never accept help from strangers. In infant school we learnt not to accept lifts from strangers. Serial killers have used this technique. Criminals will be cunning.
  • Walk wide around corners so you don’t get jumped. Walk wide around any blind spot.
  • If your car has a flat tire, either wait for the service repair truck or drive somewhere safe.
  • Never let a stranger in the house. Even children are used by criminals to get through the front door. If they want to use the phone to call the police, make the call for them.
  • If a criminal just wants your money, give it to them. No amount of money is worth even a moderate injury.
  • Self Defence classes can be useful for many women. The right techniques give you a better chance of overcoming your attacker, hopefully without causing legal problems.

Self Defence






Self Defence for women Sydney

  • In any situation the best advice it to stay level headed. A person who can think clearly on their feet always has an advantage. Of course this is easier said than done; we don’t know how we react till we find ourselves in such a situation. Breathing techniques help, as will familiarity with stressful situations. If you have been use to adrenaline before you are partly familiar with the situation.
  • Blocking a hit can actually work against you. An attacker expects to hit you or be blocked. If you can fend off the attack and dodge them you confuse their expectations, at least to a small extent.
  • Move the body. Standing still is a mistake. If you are knocked to the ground, keep moving and try to trip them.
  • If you have to attack, confuse them by hitting from all directions. Tripping them up helps. Anything that confuses them is an advantage.
  • Keep the confrontation as short as possible. If you prolong it by just defending yourself you give them more opportunities to land a successful punch. Attack and then get away,
  • Don’t hit their mouth. You are just as likely to damage your hand as damage them; and you don’t want your hands damaged as you need then to fight. Hitting the opponent’s mouth will probably give your hand an open cut.


If you have some self-defence training you may find you respond out of instinct. The best techniques in the world are wasted if you freeze up in a conflict. But if you are used to sparring and the adrenaline rush you will handle the situation better. Some people find they develop a reflex for responding to a situation. This is what you need when seriously provoked- responding before you have a chance to feel fear.

One or Two Martial Arts

Martial Arts Training

Before you begin any martial arts training you will want to make some informed choices. For one thing, you will want to choose the right martial art. As with many things there is no right answer here, just the right choice for you.


Wing Chun King Fu

A version of China’s Kung Fu that works at close range, focusing on balance; the posture for this version of Kung Fu is rather unorthodox. The close-combat system uses a lot of rapid hand strikes and fewer leg strikes; you tend to move into your opponent during combat. Wing Chun uses a lot of breathing and relaxation along with its balance techniques. This is rated very highly for fitness, though your forearms will be pushed quite hard at first.


Krav Maga

Actually a Hebrew combat system. This is more suited to real life combat, almost military level, and it included disarming an opponent as well as throwing heavy punches and kicks. There is a lot here that is simply illegal in other martial arts. This is far from a sporting event, and you will not really see it practiced as such. Training is intense and fight quite literally painful; you will leave with legitimate injuries. Not for most people.


Taek Won Do

Fast becoming the best known and probably the most widespread martial art, Taek Won Do even is performed at an Olympic level. This uses the feet more than most previous martial arts, but there is still a lot done with the hand, as well as relaxation techniques and cardio fitness. Unlike most traditional martial arts Taek Won Do has standardised competition rules, and though various schools will vary these competition rules are consistant. As an all-round martial art, and one with the most sporting events worldwide, Taek Won Do is highly rated.

Mixed Martial Art Jokes

Did you hear about the new martial art video? It’s a hit and a blockbuster.

What do martial artists drink parties? Punch, with a little kick in it.

Never interrupt a Judo expert on the phone; he’ll put you on hold.

Tai Chi was very slow in becoming popular, but that’s appropriate for Tai Chi.

What do you call a novice martial artist? A partial artist.

What do karate students and rabbits have in common? They are all karatekas (… carrot takers !!!)

What is Deju Fu? The feeling you have been attacked like this before.

Origami is a very safe martial art, provided you use paper and not people.

Of all the martial arts Karaoke is the most painful to listen to.

Enlightenment comes from discovering your weaknesses; victory from discovering you opponent’s weaknesses.

Interested in Martial art?  Google Taekwondo or tkd and see why others are interested too.

For Taekwondo in Sydney, talk to Taekwondo World.

United Martial Arts

Martial Arts is an important part of a person’s wellbeing. It teaches and fosters integrity, courtesy, self-control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. Sydney based Taekwondo World, led by Master In Cheol Yoo, Byunggee Yoo and Master Danny Biggatton with combined martial arts experience of over 50 years has built a strong foundation of a nurturing environment, exceptional coaching and passion in martial arts.

Taekwondo World also teaches Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), which builds upon fitness and practical self-defence to prepare you if a real life threatening confrontation were to occur. TKD objectives taught in this course are:

  • Effective Kicking
  • Jeet Kune Do (Founded by Bruce Lee)
  • Grappling in the form of Hapkido
  • Boxing
  • Break Falling (How to fall without hurting yourself)
  • Self-Defence

It is very important to have these set of skills as we live our lives because we may be presented with a life threatening situation. Being prepared for the unexpected can boost our confidence when commuting and be more street wise.