Relay obstacle races to complement technical basics training in beginner taekwondo

Relay obstacle races to complement technical basics training in beginner taekwondo


A.G. Sergeeva1
PhD, Professor A.V. Karavan1
PhD, Associate Professor M.A. Rogozhnikov1
1St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, St. Petersburg

Modern gaming technologies are appreciated today as the unique training format that spurs up the trainees motivations and interest in the trainings. Games bring positive emotions and cultivate the competitive spirit and this is the reason why they mobilize the mental and physical resources and facilitate the practical skills mastering in actual new situations, with the theoretical knowledge and basic techniques effectively tested by competitive practices to diversify the trainings and inspire the training process.
Objective of the study was to rate benefits of new relay obstacle races to complement technical basics training in the beginner taekwondo. The relay obstacle racing model was tested by an experiment. Sampled for the experiment were the 7-10 taekwondo beginners (n=30) split up into Experimental and Reference Groups, with the Reference Group trainings being standard and the Experimental Group trainings dominated by the new relay obstacle racing model.  The pre- and post-experimental tests included the direct and side kick tests scored by the expert who rated the execution techniques and accuracy of kicks on the boxing pad. The study data showed benefits of the new relay obstacle racing model as verified by the Experimental vs. Reference Group progress in the technical basics and interest in the theoretical and practical trainings under time pressure. The relay obstacle races are recommended applying the standard equipment and systems available in most of the school sport gyms like the rubber belts, 50cm barriers and gymnastic benches.

Keywords: taekwondo, sport training, relay race, obstacle course, theoretical and practical trainings.


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