Taekwondo Podcast

Episode 5 - Competition Season is here: The entire world comes to Europe!

February 15, 2022 Taekwondo Podcast Season 1 Episode 5
Taekwondo Podcast
Episode 5 - Competition Season is here: The entire world comes to Europe!
Show Notes Transcript

  Competition Season is here.  The calendar had some changes: The World Championships are set for Cancun, the US Open was canceled, Fujairah Open and Turkish Open are wrapped, with incredible participation numbers.

  In this episode, Coaches César Valentim and Peter Nestler talk about the current and upcoming competitions. Several events have been scheduled for Europe and Panamerican regions. National Teams had some changes in coaching staff. We may have changes to the rules in the upcoming weeks.

  This podcast is supported by Hawkin Dynamics and Athlete Analyzer!  

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Speaker 1:

Have you been looking for a Teon do podcast with qualified people who know what they're talking about, who help you keep up with everything going on in the Teon do world? Well, you found it. This is the Teon do podcast. Teon do news competitions in a of the events training in sports science, keeping the fans, coaches and high performance athletes up to date with the latest news and trends on Olympic TaeKwonDo. Let's do this. This is the TaeKwonDo podcast. And now your host coach, Cesar Valenti team and Peter Nestle.

Speaker 2:

Hello and welcome to the Teon podcast. We're a podcast based out of Austria in English language for everyone out there who likes Teon . In this episode, we talk about the competition season that just started new rules and upcoming events. Welcome to our podcast. I'm coach Cesar Valenti. And with me is coach Peter Nestler . Hi Peter, how are you?

Speaker 3:

I'm fine. Thanks Cesar . Nice to you here on the podcasts,

Speaker 2:

The podcast is one month old now, and people are reaching out with some very positive feedback and some amazing I'm happy that we are reaching such a broad audience regarding the competition season that just started the calendar, had some changes. The world championships are set for Cancun . Us open was canceled. Fu opened just started , uh , Turkish open was wrapped, incredible participation. The number should I say now we get a huge amount of events in Europe. Some adaptations to the competition rules are foreseen . There are some rumors about many rules and some new formats also to be expected. What do you think this season is gonna look like?

Speaker 3:

Um, I think it's , um , getting quite Crowdy. Now. We have the latest decisions on the world championships in Conn , Mexico in later this year , uh , we also have a location for the junior championship, so the calendar is filling up, especially in the first half of the year. It's quite , uh , full, so will be difficult season because , uh , there is no , not much time for rests. What do you think?

Speaker 2:

I think it's a positive to know that the calendar is being , uh , filled with events tu just , uh , announced also the Pan-American events, the African Paron championship , uh , championships already took place. Uh, and I think that between that and the events that are open events, plus university events, all these events that were pushed from 2020 and 2021 to this year to 2022 makes the calendar quite challenging. I don't even expect most teams to have , uh , off season .

Speaker 3:

Um, yes, I think the thing you , you mentioned about , um , delay of some events to next year or next season will stop this year. So 22, we will get into normal pace and , uh , 23 , all things will run quite normally, but it brings us to a very Crowdy season that that's sure

Speaker 2:

The competition season being only these events all the way to, let's say first trimester of 20, 23 without , um , much rest. How do you think most , uh , national teams will manager , will they build up a B team to, to qualify and give some rest to the athletes or will they push the same teams for , uh , the couple of years? Uh ,

Speaker 3:

We already see some bigger nations building up B teams as you call them. Uh , so you can easily replace if someone drops out from, from the higher level from a, so it is , it's quite a good system to have a B and also C teams to staff , all the events accurately. Um, they will also try to manage which events they send people on , where, because it's, it's in the moment, the participation numbers are a little varying from event to event. So it's very important to do the right allocation .

Speaker 2:

Well, using that as a segue , not only new athletes and new teams, but some of the teams already have new national team trainers, German national team just recruited out of Hungary. They changed a little bit of their structure. Then Norway went and pick up , uh , almost one of the most famous , uh , coaches out of Spain. We also have , um, in great Britain , some changes. What you , what you think about this ? Well ,

Speaker 3:

Uh , Teon is , uh , getting a more professional pace. So like in other big sports, you can see people , uh , like coaches changing their field of play. That's that's just, just normal. It's , it's not for the players, it's just for the coaches. So I'm not , uh , was not very new to me that there is a foreign trainer for , uh , some countries like , uh , Al uh , for Soviet Quinan , that's just normal Germany. Yes , true. Uh , quite they have , uh , lot of coach positions to fill . So it's good that they got abolished for the, for the job. It's really nice. And also DIA has a new function there, which is good to bring in , uh , new ideas. Um, yeah, almost for NOI was a little , uh , surprise for me, but a good move.

Speaker 2:

I think Germany , uh , the , the shuffling that they did when they brought Marco as , uh , head of the male team as a head of the female team brings , uh , a new dynamic , especially because German has a very strong and very young female team , um , BAAs has of course , uh , uh , experience . He was in us and Hungary . He was Greece. So he has quite a , a , a good background pedigree with , uh , with the female athletes. Of course , uh, maybe the decision of Ram was moving to Norway or not moving to Norway. The way they're working , uh , also means a change for his program and all these hosting programs he has in Marella . But again, we , when talk about Ramos , we can all is , uh , content . There's a dual there just like , uh , Joo has his wife, so does big work . We get to work for quite , um, well, so I guess they can divide and conquer by taking double as much work as , uh , normal coaches. Big surprise for me was the changes in Australia, how Australia from they had a trainer for last few years before the pandemic, and they had , uh , isolation during the pandemic and now they bring a Korean culture . And I think it's the only team that recruited a Korean coach . Do you see that that's the new trend that people are getting more into European coaches and , uh , most of these Western sports science approach than the traditional sports I approach ?

Speaker 3:

Well, it's just a , it's just a follow up of the latest years where we could see that , uh , Europeans reaching more and more medals in big events like Olympics. They had, I don't know how many , um , gold medals , um , but quite a lot. And also if you see the full medal , um , score , uh , obviously in the moment , uh , Europe's coaches are doing fine. So that's just a normal reaction that those coaches are getting hired

Speaker 2:

Yet . Uh , most of the, the biggest powerhouse in Europe right now is Russia with the most medals at the Olympics , uh , with the amazing , uh , participation. Every time they go to a competition, they go with the original federations, but also as a national level, they're very, very strong. You usually say , said a friend of mine from Russia once said, the athletes you see are just the peak of the iceberg. We have a very big base and that's , uh , how we manage to bring so many good athletes to the high performance level. Um, is it a little language barrier cultural barrier, or do you think the rest, the Western world is not yet , uh , uh , ready to recruit coaches out of Russia? Um,

Speaker 3:

It , it , it's part of , uh , the, the politics they have there. So Russians , um, very seldomly go, go abroad. Um, um , they're doing an excellent chop as we see in the KGI sector, but also in know other techn sectors, they have a huge structure. They have , um , really a massive amount of, of athletes there. And they're doing fine chop , as you could see by the metal score. Um, but they don't, I don't know if they don't like to go abroad, but they don't do it. They just don't do it. They just wanna keep their Russian way .

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Speaker 1:

Your listening, a Techon do podcast. Now back to your hosts, coach Caesar , Valenti team , and Peter Nestler .

Speaker 2:

So welcome back. Um, we were talking about the national teams. Now let's talk a little bit about the events. We have a date for the world championships, both home to the end of the year in Kaku Mexico. We do have dates for the Cades and junior world championships both around the same time in, and that leaves us as a first challenge, the continental championships, most of them , uh, that are known that it's are known . We know that , uh , Pan-American will have, I think Brazil and , um , the European will be in Manchester plant . Kali one is the only one that is after the first grand PR . So continental championship is the first points , big points to grab , um, before the grand PR event. And of course we will have , uh , Africa joining in with those 40 points a little bit later, and grand pre-season starting right around , uh , before the summer. What do you think the opportunities , uh , does it bring that the world are later in the

Speaker 3:

Year? Well, the good thing is that you could just try to connecting , um , uh , collecting points at the standard Chila sermon, which will upgrade to G2 . It should be fine for the nominations . In my opinion, it's a very good thing to do, to have the first half of the year for collecting points , uh , visiting all the G plus tournaments and from some on the vague championships, world, world , and whatever.

Speaker 2:

So you mean , uh , for the national team qualifications, you mean for denominations , that means that we'll have the Atlas instead of rushing until April to get the points for the worlds, they will be getting ING points for the continental championships and allows also the European championships or the pan American championships or the African championships to count , uh , as , uh , criteria for the world that allows, of course, as mentioned two semesters that are full yet. We don't see too much of a break in the middle. If we in the middle, we have university events and any , uh , all these opens. Um, how do you think the teams will choose? What would you be working with , uh , in terms of your strategy, for example, will you focus now on Europeans and , uh , worlds at the second time, or you will try to get to merge with one , uh , the ,

Speaker 3:

You shouldn't forget that the university events, both of them are just for a limited , uh , part of, of the , of the sphere. So students only, which is , uh , if you count them from the top 10, it's not so many. Um, and, and some of them don't take part in university events, so it will be just a limited thing. And all the rest is quite , uh , sorted. Um, the strategy for the team for the teams is clear. It's a little more tactical in the moment. So you could visit the, the G plus events. We think you could get the points more easily for the not top , top, top , top athletes, and you have more time. So if you, if you run for points and don't make them in one of the checklists , you have still time to do them in another event. So

Speaker 2:

Considering the easy events, as we mentioned , uh , one of our previous episodes, there are no such thing as easier events anymore. We look at the numbers from Fuji , uh , very big numbers. Um, when you'll look at the Turkey show in the first , uh , image you have is thousand 800, of course, it's not thousand 800 in G class in seniors, it's see accelerate something. And the rest is coaches, cadets , juniors , um, finding that they put them in the same event on the , uh , on the GMs platform. So it looks that the numbers are quite big president's cup, pretty big attendance. And of course , uh , we can start having the overseas teams competing at other events with the exception of the N open at was an event that had local , uh , clubs , uh , some neighboring countries and not much more, all the other opens out there are pretty, pretty busy. The athletes we have from all kinds of , um, parts of the spectrum. You have the beginner athletes trying to go into the big league, and you have the big athletes grabbing the points as , or as , as , as possible. There are no such big events, maybe later after the European championships. When we talk about the events like Austria, open Luxem more multi games , Israel, open events that are a little easier, and that are plans to happen in July and June , um , will allow the teams to recover a little after the continental championships. But again, we , I , I assume that the events that usually be , uh , points for grabs like talent , um , and all these events in the , in the summer will be as busy as usual as we've seen last year. That's

Speaker 3:

True. Um , still not forget that , uh , many of the athletes , um , as speak for the point CA point cap for the , for the , the maximum number of points you could get, they will , uh , collect their points. Well, within the first three or four events, maybe they let go some of the further events. So, well, yes, the events are very Crowdy , um , most of them, but , um , it's always a question of if it's just quality or quality. Yeah .

Speaker 2:

We have , uh , uh , rumors that new rules are coming out. Um, nothing big , no big changes. Mostly about the grand slam. Do you think we were gonna have , uh , in something in the middle , uh , where they will try to implement the rules or they wait until the world championships? It

Speaker 3:

Was so that there will be a general assembly in Ang , uh , in April during the world championships there , they want to have , uh , the rules voted for , um , I don't think that there will be big changes and there is plenty of time to the world, so should be

Speaker 2:

Okay. Thank you, Peter. It was a pleasure being here with you and with everyone of these listening, this was the techno podcast. If you haven't already listened to our other episodes that are available wherever you listen to your podcast, we are releasing new episodes. Every Tuesday, stay tuned, subscribe to the podcast, leave us a positive review and share it with your friends. See you next time.

Speaker 1:

You've been listening to the TaeKwonDo podcast, keeping the fans, coaches, and high performance athletes up to date with the latest news and trends on Olympic Teon do your host coach Caesar Valenti team has almost 20 years of experience with high performance TaeKwonDo and has worked all around the world. As a TaeKwonDo trainer. Peter Nestler has been teaching TaeKwonDo for more than 20 years, and he's currently one of the top referees in Europe. We hope you enjoyed the show , make sure to like rate and review and we'll be back soon. But in the meantime, find us on Instagram at tech . One do podcast on facebook@techonedocastandthewebsiteteonedopodcast.com . See you next time.