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Latest Episodes

ALEX GILLIS, “A KILLING ART: THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF TAEKWONDO” – FOT 013

Today's interview is with Alex Gillis about his book, “A killing art: The untold history of Taekwondo” Firstly we chat about what motivated Alex to undergo such a comprehensive study into the unknown history of Taekwondo? Within the book Alex talks about the KCIA quite a lot I ask him was he worried about the consequences exposing such secrets could cause? ……and did any harm come to him? We both chat about doing a follow-up book? After all, he must know enough new secrets to compel him to write part 2…… I always wondered and was happy to ask Alex if he knew back in the day when he started Taekwondo what he knows about Taekwondo from his investigations does he think he would still have chosen Taekwondo to practice and develop himself with or has it all spoilt the respect he had for the art/organisation? People can get in touch with Alex on the links listed below, I also asked Alex can people still buy the book and if so where is the book available to buy? See below for the answ...

28 min2018 MAY 27
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ALEX GILLIS, “A KILLING ART: THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF TAEKWONDO” – FOT 013

ADAM CORRIGAN, FROM TEAM GB TO TEAM ALPHA MALE – FOT 012

Today's interview is with Adam Corrigan - From Team GB to Team Alpha Male. Adam has competed for three different National Teams in Taekwondo on three different continents and now is an MMA athlete under the famous Team Alpha Male. We discuss his Taekwondo history and how his journey has taken him to different corners of the earth. So we move onto MMA and how he finds training with one of the top UFC teams and about how easy was it to transition from Taekwondo to MMA. We also discuss how different it is fighting in the cage than in the Taekwondo ring. Up next we talk about the new style Taekwondo and if he thinks the transition is harder now for athletes as the game has changed so much since he competed. We move onto what’s next for Adam as he’s also a highly respected fitness instructor where he’s based, and we chat about his 4 weeks 2 failure. Hear Adams views on what makes Taekwondo different from other martial arts and what he believes it takes to be a black belt. Get in touch...

40 min2018 MAY 19
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ADAM CORRIGAN, FROM TEAM GB TO TEAM ALPHA MALE – FOT 012

CARL EVANS ON PHYSIOLOGY AND S&C FOR TAEKWONDO ATHLETES – FOT 11

So today's interview is with Carl Evans he is the Sports Science Support Officer and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Liverpool John Moores University. We chat about his current job and his PhD which is to do with weight making for Taekwondo athletes. We also cover physiology of a Taekwondo athlete and S&C thoughts. Next, we talk about the new 5% rule in World Taekwondo. Carl still coaches and has worked with various national team members from various national teams and is now working with India. Carl explains the best place for athletes to go to is a university with a sports science lab and to work together to improve body composition etc. Carl is happy to answer questions and looks forward to hearing from everyone get in touch using the links below. And finally the one last question - what is it that makes Taekwondo different to other martial arts and how would he describe what it takes to be a black belt. It's an interesting answer so don't miss it. How can people get in tou...

55 min2018 MAY 6
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CARL EVANS ON PHYSIOLOGY AND S&C FOR TAEKWONDO ATHLETES – FOT 11

TODAYS TAEKWONDO WITH GARETH BROWN AND PAUL GREEN – FOT 010

So today's interview is with Paul Green and Gareth Brown from Todays Taekwondo. Firstly I had to congratulate them on their achievements to date 300k followers on Facebook, the YouTube channel, the website, the downloadable tutorials, and obviously for all the medals that the athletes they’ve coached within team GB have achieved. We chat about at the numbers 2 golds from the Olympics, 4 world champions, 8 Grand Prix golds, and those are just the ones within the top competitions, we discuss how it must have been great to be a part of those athletes achievements. Todays Taekwondo mission statement says both Paul & Gareth want to continue developing innovative methods to produce world-class athletes and coaches. I ask them when did they both sit down and decide to share their knowledge on a global scale? Did they realise how big it would become and eventually where it would take them both? The BBC sports website it states one month after resigning from team GB they had both been recru...

45 min2018 APR 21
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TODAYS TAEKWONDO WITH GARETH BROWN AND PAUL GREEN – FOT 010

TALKING BUSINESS WITH MASTER RONDY – FOT 009

Master Rondy is the owner of White Tiger Taekwondo & Martial Arts - known as the world’s largest superschool located in Cary, NC, USA. The 24,000 sq. ft. school just celebrated its 22nd anniversary and enrolled its 12 thousandth student. Master Rondy lived in Korea from ‘94-’96 as a member of the Korean Tigers Professional Demonstration Team. Today she is the Program Director and instructs at White Tiger, is a columnist for Taekwondo Times Magazine, serves on the Kukkiwon Advisory Board and the US Taekwondo Committee. Master Rondy also travels the world to share her marketing and PR background to help other school owners “achieve their dream”. So today's interview with Master Rondy McKee we will be discussing the Business side of running a martial art school and a few other questions on Taekwondo. I first met Master Rondy with my instructor Master Andrew Brown from Glasgow, he had met Master Rondy over in Korea and was invited to come over to White Tiger Tkd Headquarters in Car...

45 min2018 APR 7
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TALKING BUSINESS WITH MASTER RONDY – FOT 009

PORTUGUESE NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER & OLYMPIAN, RUI BRAGANCA – FOT 008

This week it is an Honor to talk to Rui Braganca, Olympian and Portuguese National Team Player. We chat about how Rui is ranked 10th in the Olympic Ranking, and 7th in the world both for - 58kg and how it must be tough now to stay in the top 10 - with all the Grand Prix and grand slams etc it must mean lots of travelling! Then we discuss world and Olympic No.1 Tae Hun Kim from Korea and how he is lots of points ahead of everyone else. I discover Rui fought Tae Hun Kim back in 2015. Rui has also been world No.1 and we chat about when this was and how that’s such a great achievement. Anyone who knows Rui knows he has the biggest smile of any Taekwondo player, always happy and cheerful, Rui tells us about why he’s a very positive person and how he thinks this is the reason why he is so successful. We then move onto his training structure, he trains every day. Next, we chat about how most national team players travel with a Physio, Dr, video analysis guys etc and he tells us how it is...

18 min2018 MAR 31
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PORTUGUESE NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER & OLYMPIAN, RUI BRAGANCA – FOT 008

THE HEADHUNTER, JADE JONES – FOT 007

In this podcast, we interview the “Double Olympic Champion” Jade Jones MBE. Firstly we talk about where she came from and if she could have ever believed she would one day become double Olympic champion. We then chat about her first Olympic gold, the one from the youth Olympics. Then we chat about where her Taekwondo journey began and a look into how she got to where she has today. The World Championship Gold is something that's slipped away to date but we speak about how the next worlds will be in Manchester and how the home crowd will spur her to finally get that Gold. If we follow Jade on Instagram her story shows celebrity dating, spa days and lots of Taekwondo - we chat about what a typical day in the life of Jade Jones is actually like. Then we discuss her TV appearances and what's next on her list to tick off…… I'm a celeb get me out of here??? With so many athletes now coming out with their own equipment and clothing range, we talk about if this is something she's alread...

24 min2018 MAR 24
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THE HEADHUNTER, JADE JONES – FOT 007

BIANCA WALKDEN, “QUEEN B” OF TAEKWONDO – FOT 006

This week's Interview is with none other than 2 x World Champion and Grand Slam Champion, the amazing Queen B, Bianca Walkden. Our chat starts off with what every athlete should be thinking about, Hopes and Goals for 2018. Bianca has had a great year in 2017, I ask how she finds competing so often and does she peak for certain events or just try to maintain a high level of conditioning all year round. Then it's onto what point in her life she decided to become number one in the world of taekwondo. Hobbies, does Bianca have time for anything other than Taekwondo? What motivates Queen B is it standing on the podium or are the cash prizes up for grabs the driving force to keep her winning- I'm sure we can all guess the answer but let's hear what Bianca has to say, what truly motivates her. The next question is about social media, her youtube videos, Instagram stories etc. With the brand Queen B out there on hoodies, kick pads, t-shirts and also splashed all over social media is this wh...

22 min2018 MAR 17
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BIANCA WALKDEN, “QUEEN B” OF TAEKWONDO – FOT 006

AARON COOK, TAEKWONDO LEGEND – FOT 005

Today's interview is with the legend that is Aaron Cook, Aaron talks about his journey from competing as a child right up to his current competitions and how he's looking to the future 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Then its a chat about his eventual book, the biography of his ups and downs twists and turns and what the title of the book will be called and why. As Aaron is still competing at elite level, training is a big part of his life we discuss his new training facility and how he welcomes other elite fighters to come stay with him and work out together. Next on the list is competitions, which events he will be attending to gain those all-important ranking points. Support is a big thing for any elite athlete, Aaron has none of the normal extras a national team player normally expects, now self-funding his seminars around the world he teaches have been a big part in helping him financially, book one now!!! Aaron has many tkd memories, find out in this episode what his fondest memory is. T...

31 min2018 MAR 10
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AARON COOK, TAEKWONDO LEGEND – FOT 005

MASTER TAEKYUNG YANG, EX KOREAN NATIONAL DEMO TEAM MEMBER – FOT 004

Master Yang has his own school in Korea teaching Tricking, he was fortunate at a young age to become a member of the Korean national Demonstration Team travelling all over the world - in this interview we will speak to Master Yang about his history, his goals moving forward and his thoughts on beach taekwondo and the world of tricking. www.focusontaekwondo.com/master-taekyung-yang Please leave us a rating and review

20 min2018 MAR 3
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MASTER TAEKYUNG YANG, EX KOREAN NATIONAL DEMO TEAM MEMBER – FOT 004

Latest Episodes

ALEX GILLIS, “A KILLING ART: THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF TAEKWONDO” – FOT 013

Today's interview is with Alex Gillis about his book, “A killing art: The untold history of Taekwondo” Firstly we chat about what motivated Alex to undergo such a comprehensive study into the unknown history of Taekwondo? Within the book Alex talks about the KCIA quite a lot I ask him was he worried about the consequences exposing such secrets could cause? ……and did any harm come to him? We both chat about doing a follow-up book? After all, he must know enough new secrets to compel him to write part 2…… I always wondered and was happy to ask Alex if he knew back in the day when he started Taekwondo what he knows about Taekwondo from his investigations does he think he would still have chosen Taekwondo to practice and develop himself with or has it all spoilt the respect he had for the art/organisation? People can get in touch with Alex on the links listed below, I also asked Alex can people still buy the book and if so where is the book available to buy? See below for the answ...

28 min2018 MAY 27
Comments
ALEX GILLIS, “A KILLING ART: THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF TAEKWONDO” – FOT 013

ADAM CORRIGAN, FROM TEAM GB TO TEAM ALPHA MALE – FOT 012

Today's interview is with Adam Corrigan - From Team GB to Team Alpha Male. Adam has competed for three different National Teams in Taekwondo on three different continents and now is an MMA athlete under the famous Team Alpha Male. We discuss his Taekwondo history and how his journey has taken him to different corners of the earth. So we move onto MMA and how he finds training with one of the top UFC teams and about how easy was it to transition from Taekwondo to MMA. We also discuss how different it is fighting in the cage than in the Taekwondo ring. Up next we talk about the new style Taekwondo and if he thinks the transition is harder now for athletes as the game has changed so much since he competed. We move onto what’s next for Adam as he’s also a highly respected fitness instructor where he’s based, and we chat about his 4 weeks 2 failure. Hear Adams views on what makes Taekwondo different from other martial arts and what he believes it takes to be a black belt. Get in touch...

40 min2018 MAY 19
Comments
ADAM CORRIGAN, FROM TEAM GB TO TEAM ALPHA MALE – FOT 012

CARL EVANS ON PHYSIOLOGY AND S&C FOR TAEKWONDO ATHLETES – FOT 11

So today's interview is with Carl Evans he is the Sports Science Support Officer and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Liverpool John Moores University. We chat about his current job and his PhD which is to do with weight making for Taekwondo athletes. We also cover physiology of a Taekwondo athlete and S&C thoughts. Next, we talk about the new 5% rule in World Taekwondo. Carl still coaches and has worked with various national team members from various national teams and is now working with India. Carl explains the best place for athletes to go to is a university with a sports science lab and to work together to improve body composition etc. Carl is happy to answer questions and looks forward to hearing from everyone get in touch using the links below. And finally the one last question - what is it that makes Taekwondo different to other martial arts and how would he describe what it takes to be a black belt. It's an interesting answer so don't miss it. How can people get in tou...

55 min2018 MAY 6
Comments
CARL EVANS ON PHYSIOLOGY AND S&C FOR TAEKWONDO ATHLETES – FOT 11

TODAYS TAEKWONDO WITH GARETH BROWN AND PAUL GREEN – FOT 010

So today's interview is with Paul Green and Gareth Brown from Todays Taekwondo. Firstly I had to congratulate them on their achievements to date 300k followers on Facebook, the YouTube channel, the website, the downloadable tutorials, and obviously for all the medals that the athletes they’ve coached within team GB have achieved. We chat about at the numbers 2 golds from the Olympics, 4 world champions, 8 Grand Prix golds, and those are just the ones within the top competitions, we discuss how it must have been great to be a part of those athletes achievements. Todays Taekwondo mission statement says both Paul & Gareth want to continue developing innovative methods to produce world-class athletes and coaches. I ask them when did they both sit down and decide to share their knowledge on a global scale? Did they realise how big it would become and eventually where it would take them both? The BBC sports website it states one month after resigning from team GB they had both been recru...

45 min2018 APR 21
Comments
TODAYS TAEKWONDO WITH GARETH BROWN AND PAUL GREEN – FOT 010

TALKING BUSINESS WITH MASTER RONDY – FOT 009

Master Rondy is the owner of White Tiger Taekwondo & Martial Arts - known as the world’s largest superschool located in Cary, NC, USA. The 24,000 sq. ft. school just celebrated its 22nd anniversary and enrolled its 12 thousandth student. Master Rondy lived in Korea from ‘94-’96 as a member of the Korean Tigers Professional Demonstration Team. Today she is the Program Director and instructs at White Tiger, is a columnist for Taekwondo Times Magazine, serves on the Kukkiwon Advisory Board and the US Taekwondo Committee. Master Rondy also travels the world to share her marketing and PR background to help other school owners “achieve their dream”. So today's interview with Master Rondy McKee we will be discussing the Business side of running a martial art school and a few other questions on Taekwondo. I first met Master Rondy with my instructor Master Andrew Brown from Glasgow, he had met Master Rondy over in Korea and was invited to come over to White Tiger Tkd Headquarters in Car...

45 min2018 APR 7
Comments
TALKING BUSINESS WITH MASTER RONDY – FOT 009

PORTUGUESE NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER & OLYMPIAN, RUI BRAGANCA – FOT 008

This week it is an Honor to talk to Rui Braganca, Olympian and Portuguese National Team Player. We chat about how Rui is ranked 10th in the Olympic Ranking, and 7th in the world both for - 58kg and how it must be tough now to stay in the top 10 - with all the Grand Prix and grand slams etc it must mean lots of travelling! Then we discuss world and Olympic No.1 Tae Hun Kim from Korea and how he is lots of points ahead of everyone else. I discover Rui fought Tae Hun Kim back in 2015. Rui has also been world No.1 and we chat about when this was and how that’s such a great achievement. Anyone who knows Rui knows he has the biggest smile of any Taekwondo player, always happy and cheerful, Rui tells us about why he’s a very positive person and how he thinks this is the reason why he is so successful. We then move onto his training structure, he trains every day. Next, we chat about how most national team players travel with a Physio, Dr, video analysis guys etc and he tells us how it is...

18 min2018 MAR 31
Comments
PORTUGUESE NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER & OLYMPIAN, RUI BRAGANCA – FOT 008

THE HEADHUNTER, JADE JONES – FOT 007

In this podcast, we interview the “Double Olympic Champion” Jade Jones MBE. Firstly we talk about where she came from and if she could have ever believed she would one day become double Olympic champion. We then chat about her first Olympic gold, the one from the youth Olympics. Then we chat about where her Taekwondo journey began and a look into how she got to where she has today. The World Championship Gold is something that's slipped away to date but we speak about how the next worlds will be in Manchester and how the home crowd will spur her to finally get that Gold. If we follow Jade on Instagram her story shows celebrity dating, spa days and lots of Taekwondo - we chat about what a typical day in the life of Jade Jones is actually like. Then we discuss her TV appearances and what's next on her list to tick off…… I'm a celeb get me out of here??? With so many athletes now coming out with their own equipment and clothing range, we talk about if this is something she's alread...

24 min2018 MAR 24
Comments
THE HEADHUNTER, JADE JONES – FOT 007

BIANCA WALKDEN, “QUEEN B” OF TAEKWONDO – FOT 006

This week's Interview is with none other than 2 x World Champion and Grand Slam Champion, the amazing Queen B, Bianca Walkden. Our chat starts off with what every athlete should be thinking about, Hopes and Goals for 2018. Bianca has had a great year in 2017, I ask how she finds competing so often and does she peak for certain events or just try to maintain a high level of conditioning all year round. Then it's onto what point in her life she decided to become number one in the world of taekwondo. Hobbies, does Bianca have time for anything other than Taekwondo? What motivates Queen B is it standing on the podium or are the cash prizes up for grabs the driving force to keep her winning- I'm sure we can all guess the answer but let's hear what Bianca has to say, what truly motivates her. The next question is about social media, her youtube videos, Instagram stories etc. With the brand Queen B out there on hoodies, kick pads, t-shirts and also splashed all over social media is this wh...

22 min2018 MAR 17
Comments
BIANCA WALKDEN, “QUEEN B” OF TAEKWONDO – FOT 006

AARON COOK, TAEKWONDO LEGEND – FOT 005

Today's interview is with the legend that is Aaron Cook, Aaron talks about his journey from competing as a child right up to his current competitions and how he's looking to the future 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Then its a chat about his eventual book, the biography of his ups and downs twists and turns and what the title of the book will be called and why. As Aaron is still competing at elite level, training is a big part of his life we discuss his new training facility and how he welcomes other elite fighters to come stay with him and work out together. Next on the list is competitions, which events he will be attending to gain those all-important ranking points. Support is a big thing for any elite athlete, Aaron has none of the normal extras a national team player normally expects, now self-funding his seminars around the world he teaches have been a big part in helping him financially, book one now!!! Aaron has many tkd memories, find out in this episode what his fondest memory is. T...

31 min2018 MAR 10
Comments
AARON COOK, TAEKWONDO LEGEND – FOT 005

MASTER TAEKYUNG YANG, EX KOREAN NATIONAL DEMO TEAM MEMBER – FOT 004

Master Yang has his own school in Korea teaching Tricking, he was fortunate at a young age to become a member of the Korean national Demonstration Team travelling all over the world - in this interview we will speak to Master Yang about his history, his goals moving forward and his thoughts on beach taekwondo and the world of tricking. www.focusontaekwondo.com/master-taekyung-yang Please leave us a rating and review

20 min2018 MAR 3
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MASTER TAEKYUNG YANG, EX KOREAN NATIONAL DEMO TEAM MEMBER – FOT 004
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