AUSTRALIAN TAEKWONDO PERFORMANCE PATHWAY

Australian Taekwondo recognises that the pathway for an individual player can vary and no two players are alike. Accordingly, the Performance Pathway Program (PPP) seeks to provide positive development opportunities for players, within a supportive and holistic environment.

The objectives of the Australian Taekwondo PPP are to support the development of players throughout their taekwondo journey and prepare them for senior performance excellence. The PPP is premised on an inclusive and enjoyable culture and aims to supplement a player’s club training.
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Performance Pathway Program

The club programs form the ‘backbone’ of the at the beginning of the AT Performance Pathway with the primary objective to provide a positive and safe training environment for players, with a focus on developing technical sparring skills and basic tactical understanding. Training at this level should be fun, as skill development should be a priority driver.

Program Inclusions

Club based sparring programs should provide access to quality coaching on a weekly basis at a minimum, and appropriate competition opportunities at an interclub, state, and national level.
Periodic monthly development opportunities will be coordinated by AT and/or the State Association for players interested in pursuing the performance pathway, and identified as displaying early indications of the skills, behaviours and characteristics of the AT Athlete Podium Profile. State Pathway Development Programs are a supplementary addition to the club based daily training environment for targeted athletes and club coaches, to provide competition and training opportunities for players of all levels. The main objective of this initial step in the performance pathway is to provide an opportunity and experience for players demonstrating the potential for talent in the state to come together, train and support each other with their development. 
Regular group training
Ongoing coach professional development
Club daily training environment resource support
Each State & Territory across Australia has the opportunity to run a state development squad supported by Australian Taekwondo. As part of these squads, athletes are given the chance to take part in regular group training with other similarly skilled competitive athletes.  Coaches can be supported so that each athlete can have a development plan built specifically for their needs to ensure their development is optimal. Coaches will receive ongoing professional development along with support to ensure that the athlete Daily Training Environment is appropriate to their needs.
For information regarding respective State/Territories association Pathway Development Programs, refer to their website at https://austkd.com.au.
The focus of the PPP is to build and refine player’s technique, tactical awareness, professional attitude, and physical capabilities in line with their biological and emotional maturity, in a supportive and holistic environment.
The PPP is premised on an inclusive and enjoyable culture and aims to supplement player’s club training and prepare them for senior performance excellence.
The PPP is managed by Australian Taekwondo in partnership with the Combat Institute of Australia (CIA) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Athlete Selection

The PPP supports the following players:
Black belts and Red belts;
Cadets (14+), Juniors (15 – 17 years) and Seniors (17+ years); and
Have been selected though the ‘Fighting Futures’ Identification Camps.
*Each State will initially support up to twenty PPP athletes in each centre.
It is recognized that COVID-19 has impacted competition and training activity of all players and clubs, therefore the PPP is unable to set out a purely objective criteria to identify the initial cohort of nominated players.

Australian Taekwondo established an online registration portal allowing players to set out their physical profile, training, and competition history. All players submitting an expression of interest will receive an invitation to attend their respective state Fighting Futures Identification Camp.

Throughout 2021 there will be six Fighting Futures Identification Camps held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, and Perth.

The Fighting Futures Identification Camps will involve technical sessions and simulated competitions to assess the players based on:
Their performance in technical sessions; and
Their performance in simulated fights.
Players not identified for the PPP in the initial Fighting Futures Identification Camp will be invited to monthly Development Program sessions coordinated in their States where members of the National Coaching Group and National Performance Pathway Lead will continue to monitor their commitment to development, interacting regularly with their club coach to monitor their progression with the potential for a future invitation to engage with the PPP.

It is intended that the annual selection for the PPP will move to a combination of objective and subjective criteria once a ‘standard’ competition calendar resumes.

Program Inclusions (NSW, VIC and QLD)

The PPP provides access to high quality coaching coordinated out of Performance Pathway Centres (PPC) in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Training sessions vary according to each State but will usually involve 1 – 2 sessions per week. Program coaches and support staff will work with players and club coaches to prepare individual development/performance plans for each PPP athlete.

The PPP will introduce players to Sport Science through weekly strength and conditioning sessions and will also introduce players to additional performance support services including nutrition, sport psychology, and athlete wellbeing and integrity, through education and personal development sessions with tertiary and AIS providers. The scheduling and availability of these sessions will vary between each centre (NSW, QLD, VIC).

In addition, each player’s club coach can attend the technical sessions, and can access technical and personal development though targeted education sessions.

Program Inclusions (SA, WA and ACT)

The PPP provides access to high quality coaching delivered in a camp-based format in Adelaide, Perth, and Canberra. Training sessions vary according to each State but will usually involve 1 session per month. Program coaches and support staff will work with players and club coaches to prepare individual performance plans for each PPP athlete.

The PPP will introduce players performance support services including strength & conditioning, nutrition, sport psychology, and athlete wellbeing and integrity, through education and personal development sessions. The scheduling and availability of these sessions will vary between each State.

Each player’s club coach can attend the camps and can access technical and personal development though targeted education sessions.

‘AT Fighting Futures’ National Camps and Competitions

The AT National ‘Futures Squad’ will be selected from the PPP to participate in National Camp activities at various locations around Australia (including AIS Combat Centre, Canberra and National Performance Centre, Melbourne), with a focus on simulated competitions and providing a program tailored to the player’s developmental requirements. Taekwondo specific physiological testing will also be undertaken on a regular basis at National Camps, in addition to player and coach education and development sessions. Once travel restrictions ease, the ‘Futures Squad’ will target international camps and competitions in 2022 and beyond.

It is intended that some costs associated with attending National Camps and international camps and competitions will be subsidised through the Australian Institute of Sport Performance Pathways Solutions Grant Program. Amounts are subject to available funding and will be communicated with selected athletes and parents.
The purpose of the AT High Performance Program (HPP) is to prepare players for podium performances at benchmark events, including World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic games. This program provides a high performance training environment, including advanced technical coaching and integrated performance support services focussed primarily in the areas of strength and conditioning (S&C), sports medicine, physiotherapy, and athlete wellbeing & engagement (AW&E). Targeted athlete will also receive campaign support for meeting international benchmark performance standards and demonstrating the skills, behaviours and characteristics aligned to athlete categorisation and international medal success.

The HPP is coordinated and managed by the Combat Institute of Australia (CIA) on behalf of Australian Taekwondo with the support of the Australian Institute of Sport, and the Victorian Institute of Sport out of the National Performance Centre (NPC) in Melbourne on a full-time basis. The NPC is an athlete centred training environment, that has been established solely as a mechanism to enhance the opportunities for Australia’s best Taekwondo and Judo athletes to train together as often as possible in a completely performance focussed environment, thereby increasing the likelihood of them attaining international success.

For enquiries relating to the AT Performance Pathway, please contact AT Performance Pathway Manager, Ali Khalil at pathways@austkd.com.au