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Master Jose Maidana Comes To London.
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Master Jose Maidana (the National Coach for Argentina since 1993) travelled to London, England at the start of November to the club of Mr. Patrick McCarthy, VI, to conduct a sparring workshop. Master Maidana is recognised as one of the greatest coaches in Taekwon-do today. It was nice to hear one of the students on the night refer to him as the 'Mourinho' of Taekwon-do (Jose Mourinho is the hugely successful manager of Chelsea Football Club). There was a great turn out on the night, more than 45 students of all ages and grades were in attendance. This included students from IUTF England, Rayners Lane Taekwon Do and TKD Power schools. All the students and instructors alike were excited and eagerly awaited the entrance of one of the worlds leading Masters.

The workshop started at 7:30pm and it was to last for about 2 and half hours. The class kicked off with a light warm-up and streatch. This was followed by extensive work on the four main types of steps used in the Argentinian system of sparring. It was extremely impressive to see Master Maidana moving forwards and backwards with great speed while at the same time maintaining the shape of his stance and the balance of his body while demonstrating.

The second part of the workshop involved the use of kicks in sparring while placing a major emphasis on the importance of distance and timing. Master Maidana demonstrated some devastating kicking combinations using his assistant Mr. Don Dalton, VI, from Ireland. He also distinguished competition kicks from self-defence kicks or what he refers to as 'classic' kicks. This was followed by use of punches in sparring. Master Maidana expertly showed a number of different punching techniques which were in turn performed with a partner. He stressed the importance of reaction time during all partner work. The workshop concluded with the bringing together of all three sections into one (steps, kicking combinations and hand combinations). Everybody was pushed to the limits of their concentration while striving to perform the techniques against their moving partner. The workshop concluded all to early leaving everyone wishing for more. The members were however excited to hear that Master Maidana will return again next year for another special class in London.

Afterwards one of Mr. Stuart Anslows students said what I personally liked about Master Maidana's teaching was his constant smile and enthusiasm when he was demonstrating a move. He illustrates that even though Taekwon-do is a martial art it should be fun and enjoyable. With his relaxed approach he makes the techniques look simple and easy to perform. Many of the students and I found this very motivating.

Mr. McCarthy thanked Master Maidana and said we are lucky to have had this opportunity to train with such an excellent technician and real Master. Master Maidana is a fine example of what we as instructors and students should aspire to be. I look foreward to the further fostering of a close relationship in the years to come.

Master Jos Maidana Viene A Londres

El Maestro Jos Maidana (el coach nacional de la Argentina desde 1993) llego a Londres, Inglaterra a comienzos de noviembre al club de Sr.. Patrick McCarthy, VI, para conducir un taller sparring. El Maestro Maidana se le reconoce como uno de los coach ms grandes del Taekwon-do. Era agradable or que uno de los estudiantes en la noche referirse a el como el ' Mourinho ' de Taekwon-Do (Jos Mourinho uno de los mas grandes manager del club Chelsea de ftbol). Haba una gran produccin en la noche, ms de 45 estudiantes de todas las edades y graduaciones estuvieron presentes. Esto incluy a estudiantes de IUTF Inglaterra, Reyners Lane Taekwon-Do y Escuela de Taekwon-do Power. Entusiasmados aguardaron con impaciencia todos los estudiantes e instructores la entrada de uno de los Maestros principales del mundo.

El taller comenz en los 7:30pm y duro cerca de 2 horas y medias hora. La clase dio comienzo con un calentamiento y estiramiento ligero. Esto fue seguido por el trabajo extenso sobre los cuatro tipos principales de "desplazamientos" usados en el sistema Argentino de sparring. Era extremadamente impresionante ver al Master Maidana remite y al revs con gran velocidad mientras que en el mismo avanzar y retroceder al tiempo que mantena la forma de su postura y el equilibrio de su cuerpo mientras mostraba.

La segunda parte del taller implic el uso de retrocesos en sparring mientras que pona un nfasis en la importancia de la distancia y el tiempo. El Master Maidana mostr algunas combinaciones devastadoras con el pie usando a su asistente . Don Dalton, VI, de Irlanda. l tambin demostr la diferencia entre patadas de competencias y las tradicionales. Seguidamente en uso de los golpes de puo en sparring. Master Maidana perfectamente demostr a un nmero de diversas tcnicas de mano las cules alternadamente fueron realizados entre compaeros. l insisti en la importancia del tiempo de reaccin durante todo el trabajo con compaeros. El taller de trabajo concluyo uniendo las tres secciones en uno (desplazamientos, golpes combinados y combinaciones de la mano con el pie). Todos fueron llevados al lmite de su concentracin mientras que se esforzaba realizar las tcnicas contra su compaero mvil. El taller concluy temprano dejando cada uno deseando mas. miembros sin embargo estaban entusiasmado de escuchar que el Master Maidana regresara otra vez el ao prximo para otra clase especial en Londres.

Luego uno de los estudiantes Stuart Anslow dijeron que " personalmente lo que mas me gusto sobre las enseanzas del Master Maidana era su contaste sonrisa y entusiasmo cuando demostraba un movimiento. l ilustro que aunque el Taekwon-do es un arte marcial debe ser tambin divertido y agradable. Con su acercamiento relajado l hizo ver que de las tcnicas eran simples y fcil realizarse. Muchos de los estudiantes y yo encontramos esto muy motivador"

El Sr. McCarthy agradeci al Master Maidana y dijo " hemos sido afortunados de haber tenido la oportunidad de entrenar con un tcnico tan excelente y un Maestro verdadero. Master Maidana es un ejemplo fino de lo que debemos aspirar ser como instructores y estudiantes. Con vistas al futuro espero estrechar una relacin mas cercana.

Written by: Shane Fitzgibbon - 30th November 2005

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