How To Improve Your Upper Body Strength In Taekwondo
Taekwondo is a striking sport that requires a massive amount of strength, speed and stamina throughout the entire body. We have previously spoken about kicking and improving your mobility to get the best out of your kicks. This week we are going to take a look at how to improve your upper body strength in taekwondo.
Strikes and blocks with the arms require both speed and stability. Speed is obviously important to move quickly to strike or block an opponent but stability is required to transfer power from the trunk into the arm and hand for a strike, without this stability in the trunk you can not produce the speed. Stability in the torso and the limbs is also important for blocking and maintaining a position whilst taking an impact, without this stability you are likely to get injured. Here we have explored some strength training movements you can perform to improve your stability within your trunk and your upper body strength in taekwondo.
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When we talk about trunk stability we are trying to create a stable base from which to anchor explosive movements. Building the strength in your core with rotational, anti-rotational and bracing movements you will be covering all of your bases to transfer your power into a killer blow.
Power through the kinetic chain
You have built a strong and stable core. Now, it’s time to create some power and learn how to transfer force from your legs into your fist. Full body movements like the push press and landmine press are great for getting the entire body working as a system. Create the force with your legs, transfer that through your trunk and into your arms for a powerful punch.
Shoulder and elbow stability
You are going to be striking with your hands so it is paramount that the shoulder is stable and can handle the forces that it’s going to be put up against. Any isometric work like planks, carries, dead hangs are great for building stability within the joint. Then, scapula retractions and protractions are good for providing control within the joint to keep it healthy and keep you performing at your best.
An example programme has been provided to implement these strategies into your strength training to improve your upper body strength in taekwondo and provide you with a strong foundation in which, you can transfer your strength into your strikes.