Coaching blog

Welcome to the training blog of Taekwondo athletes. This blog is intended for the enjoyment and benefit of our club's athletes and their supporters. When reading the texts, you should remember that the texts are written specifically from our club's point of view and they must be read with this context in mind. 



  • Covers, tapes and supports
    Hard training requires additional protection. Here are a few product tips that I have aimed at national team-level athletes. Protections For the legs and arms, you should put stocking-like protections underneath, which can be ordered separately by sending an email to either Ikara's lighter or SMAI's heavier shields. SMAI's protections can also be ordered by mail at, but you can get Ikarat from the online store…
  • From the design of the playground, i.e. the exercise space
    Taekwondo athletes will soon move to new facilities. The article considers questions related to the design of the new space.
  • Einstürzende Neubauten
    When the world changes, the structures of sports must also change. Finnish and international sports are facing inevitable change. Here are some reasons and solutions. Photo by Micah Williams is Unsplash
  • Olympic preview
    The Olympics are upon us and it's preview time.
  • Top sport and Sports club
    As the Olympic qualifiers approach, there is a reason to have a discussion about the role of elite sports both in general and in our sport in particular. I briefly discussed the importance of elite sports in club activities.
  • Old and new
    The other day, I was talking to a few coaches I know, and a medalist from the 2003 World Championships came up. The athlete I was referring to didn't ring any bells and the explanation was ready. It was old taekwondo, without the electric armor and new tactics. The conversation continued to bother me. Old What was "old" taekwondo like? It is very difficult to define, because at the same time you should assign a clear time point to it, because...
  • Exercise program for practicing basic condition and features independently
    This program supports you in self-paced training. Athletes' starting levels, emphasized characteristics and goals are very variable, so the program has been created so that everyone can apply it as part of their training. For example. younger athletes may do 4 self-paced exercises a week, while juniors and adults can easily do more than ten. The most important thing is that athletes maintain their training routines and develop…
  • A simple and flexible punching program for a taekwondo enthusiast
    This article presents a one-time pounding program for a taekwondo enthusiast, the purpose of which is to serve as an easy starting point for strength training with additional weights in our sport.
  • The first steps of the competitor's path in Taekwondo athletes
    Starting the hobby Taekwondo athletes all start in basic groups, from which the coaches guide them forward. Already experienced competitors who continue their previous hobby in Taekwondo athletes move directly to competition groups. You can move from the basic groups to a try-out amateur match after only a few weeks of practicing. Basic skills are practiced in basic groups, which provide a good foundation for competitive hobbies and sports in the future. Hobbyist competition groups Even after a short hobby, a hobbyist can move to hobbyist competition groups. Their purpose is to introduce…
  • Deepen your skills - book a private lesson
    In addition to basic exercises and additional exercises, Taekwondo athletes offer private lessons for enthusiasts who want to deepen their skills in a specific area effectively. In a private lesson, the enthusiast and the coach focus closely on the training of a single area, and the enthusiast receives immediate and continuous feedback on their performance. Because of this, a lot of progress is made in just one hour. Private lessons are also held for two enthusiasts or small groups. Advantages of private lessons: You can practice exactly the area where…
  • A quick guide to quick analysis of videos in a competition situation
    First, a warning. Carefully consider whether it is worth doing quick video analyses. With an inexperienced or insecure coach, the analyzes may lead to the derailment of both his own and the coach's tactical thinking. It is more important to focus and prepare well for the match than to stare at videos and rewind things that are not necessarily relevant to the match. Remember that you cannot explain any jacket analysis to the athlete before the match, the message must...
  • Learning physical skills and different teaching styles from the point of view of a taekwondo coach
    How does a person learn new motor skills? A person learns his first motor skills before he is born, and after entering the world, this process accelerates tremendously, just like all other learning. Babies, toddlers and young children are like sponges, absorbing information and skills from their environment and trying to apply these with varying success, linking them to already learned entities. For example, a child learning to walk...
  • Thoughts on the ethics of sport
    At our taekwondo hall in Konala, a large number of young athletes train, whose achievements in training and competitions I have watched not only from the point of view of physical performance, but also from the point of view of these young people's enthusiasm, passion and attitude to victory and defeat. While following the young people of my own club, I have occasionally had various unformed and somewhat unstructured thoughts, but intertwined with the same theme, about the development of this athlete's personality or...
  • Why is competing exciting and how can the excitement be alleviated?
    What actually causes the competitive tension? Excitement is certainly a familiar feeling for every athlete, and almost everyone will certainly agree that exasperation does not feel very pleasant. Experiencing excitement and especially reactions and ways of acting vary greatly between individuals. Others are in an overloaded state, unable to stay still for a moment while the other goes limp and the muscles feel heavy. Is…
  • JOY - the key to coaching
    Taekwondo carries with it many traditions and customs. It would be easy to write down platitudes about various connections between sports and spiritual growth and the role of the teacher in the growth of the student. Modern competitive sports require appropriate thinking. The athlete's experience is key. The athlete must feel that sport is meaningful. It is only possible if the athlete is enthusiastic about the things he does. Sometimes sports are hard and…
  • Individual training in a group - the coach's role and duties
    Taekwondo is an individual sport that is almost always practiced as a group. This often seems a bit contradictory to coaches and enthusiasts of other sports, but when you think about it further, it's actually a pretty smart system Belonging to a team It's important for a person, and especially a young person, to belong to something. There can be different reference groups at the same time. A sports team as a reference group can be very strong. Its meaning can be…
  • Links
    There is a lot of coaching information on the Internet, both good and bad. We have compiled a few relevant links below. General coaching The first athlete portal of the International Olympic Committee, where the amount of information you can find is staggering. You should log in as an athlete to get the latest updates and e.g. invitations to online seminars. A somewhat similar domestic site is Terve Urheilja. A lot of good stuff, although considerably narrower than the previous one. Also...
  • Training-competition-feedback cycle
    Everyone loses sometimes and everyone wins sometimes. It is important to decide what to aim for and which performances serve as interim goals. Above is a picture of Aaron Cook's athlete card. Cook has lost every third of his recorded matches. You have to learn from both wins and losses. This is done by analyzing the performances, drawing conclusions from the analysis and modifying the training based on the conclusions. Feedback from the match Immediate feedback after the match Encouraging...
  • Four key characteristics of an athlete and the main lines of their development in coaching
    Four key characteristics of an athlete and the main lines of their development in coaching The terms used in this article are commonly used in coaching literature, but even in those the terms are not always clear or have been given different interpretations. That is why here we have tried to open up the terms used and explain them in the context of club coaching. The presented models are rules of thumb, a competent coach can deviate from them drastically if he knows what he is doing.…

The authors

Teemu Heino

I am Teemu Heino, a taekwondo athlete, coach and teacher in his forties. I have been playing sports at the international level for more than 20 years and have coached juniors and young athletes in addition to my own training. In addition to Taekwondo athletes, I work as a taekwondo teacher for e.g. To Doboksport in Tampere. For more than twenty years I sat on the board of the Kokemäki Taekwondo ry and since 2011 I have captained the team I founded with Sampo, Petter and the two Juhos Taekwondo athletes 2011 ry:this. I was the head of the Olympic Committee's Athletes' Committee in the Athletes' Committee of the Athens-Beijing Olympics and the European Olympic Committees, and I was in the technical committee of the same body for the years 2005-2009. For years I've been trying to stop competing, but without success.

  • Level 3 coaching qualification
  • Finland's only WT coach trainer
  • Member of the supervisory board of the Helsinki Sports Academy
  • Member of the Helsinki Society Parliament
  • Vice-chairman of the board of the Tapanila Sports House Foundation

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Sampo Pajulampi

I am Sampo Pajulampi, a taekwondo coach under fifty and the vice-president of TU11. My own sports career was very modest, 3 SM bronze medals and the Finnish Open victory remained my best achievements. I have served for a long time on the board of the Finnish Taekwondo Association, both as a member and vice-chairman. European Taekwondo Union I have served as both a member and chairman of the export committee. In 2001, I chaired the organizing committee of the Europe Cup. Since 2011, I have focused on coaching Taekwondo athletes. I completed my studies for the coach's professional qualification in 2014-15.

  • Head coach of the Paramaa team
  • 2nd coach of the U18 team
  • Member of the match criteria working group of the Finnish Taekwondo Association

Pauli Raivio

I am Pauli Raivio, a taekwondo coach in my thirties and executive director of Taekwondo athletes. In my own sports career, I achieved the Nordic championship and several Finnish championships. My racing career is not officially over yet, but to be honest, the last few years have been spent almost exclusively in coaching young athletes and running club activities. I started the sport in Taekwondo in Lahti, where I also served as a board member for several years.

  • 1st level coach training
  • Subject teacher qualification

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