So, Kelsey Lee, let me ask
you a little question. When was the last time
you were in a flight? – Don’t want to talk about it.
– Wow, that bad? But we are meeting Lutalo
today. We are.
He’s a taekwondo Olympian. Yes, he is. I’m really looking forward
to it. I think I’m going
to get my butt kicked. – Really?
– Yeah. No, come on. I think
we’ll do all right. – Let’s go and find out.
– Let’s find out. My name is Lutalo Muhammad. I’m a two time Olympic
medallist in the sport of taekwondo. Winning an Olympic medal
is just an amazing feeling. You put years of work
into this one moment, and to come out
of it with a medal, getting to stand on
the podium in front of thousands of people,
it’s hard to even describe. I really, really enjoy
being in the ring. It’s the place
I’m most comfortable. The fighting is
actually the easy part. It’s the training which
can be a little bit harder. It’s the person
who’s mentally toughest, the person who holds it
together the best is going to go on and take
the gold medal. There he is.
Hey, how’s it going? – I’m Kelsey. Nice to meet you.
– Lutalo. Great to meet you. Good to see you, man.
How you doing? How long have you
been doing taekwondo? I started to do taekwondo
when I was three years old. – Oh, my gosh.
– I know. My dad’s the one that
taught me how to do it, so I had no choice
about what sport I wanted to do growing up. What’s your favourite
aspect of what you do? I do think the thrill
of competition. I do love… Being in
the ring’s the place where I’m most comfortable. When I’m performing
for people, I love it. – You thrive under pressure.
– Exactly. You want to be in
that position. How is your training looking? What kind of stuff do you
do on a regular basis? It really is an
intense programme. Probably about an hour’s
pre-activation in the morning when we wake up into about
a two and a half hour taekwondo session,
we have a bit of a break, then we go into
another two hours of strength and conditioning, and we do about
six days a week. So up to six hours
a day, pretty much? – Yeah.
– For six days a week. – Yeah.
– I think that’s enough of the chat for me. I want to get into the gym
and see what you’ve got. – Let’s do it. All right.
– Let’s go. He wants to get kicked, – so let’s do it.
– OK! I really don’t.
I really, really don’t. – We’re here.
– We are here. We are here. I’m excited
about this, actually. – I’m not going to lie.
– This is cool. I’m glad you are.
It might be painful, though. It’s going to be painful,
but worth it, I believe. I’m kind of going
for pain free. – OK. Pain free for you.
– Pain free. Painful as possible for him. We’re just going to hold
this one for five, four, three, two, one.
Really good. All these stretches
help prevent injuries, so it’s really crucial
that we do this before we start kicking. Let’s just slide down
into our forward splits. All right, you can start now. I’m making progress slowly. Slowly. There we go.
That’s it. Just hold it there. Yeah, but it’s hard. Think about winning
that challenge. All right. This is called
a one legged squat. And the reason we do
this is because we stand on one leg a lot when we kick. We just need to
fire up all the muscles and make sure that
we’re ready to go. Get in this position here. It’s down and up, and we’re
going to do five of these. Nice. So would you do
a lot of gym stuff, as well, in terms of weights? Like squatting and things
like that, or do you not? Not so much. We do more kind of
plyometric stuff, so stuff with no weights, just so we
can keep light and springy. So you’ve just naturally
got big legs? Yes. Yes, my mama
gave me these. OK, so we thank her. These are called leg raises. To get us ready
for the kicking motion, we’re just going to raise our
knee like this as high as you can, and just lower it down. And we’re just going
to do five of these. Nice. Let’s start some
actual training. Good stuff. I’ve used these before.
These are good. Yeah, you balance them there,
don’t you, on the head? Nice. Like that, right? – I’ll take it from here.
– Let’s go. This is Stu. He’s a trainer here
at the gym, and he’s going to help me to demonstrate
all my cool moves to you. So we’re going to start
off with a front kick. Now, this is the most
basic kick in taekwondo. All we’re doing is bending the
leg and kicking out like that. One thing about taekwondo,
we shout when we kick. Do you think I’m
louder than you? – Probably.
– Nice. One more. Awesome, awesome. You got a tough
act to follow, man. – Your turn.
– Imagine I’m not even here. That was surprisingly good. Again. That was good.
It’s good. Finally. I’ve only done some stretching. Next we’re going
to a turning kick. Some people call this a
roundhouse kick because you literally come all
the way around the houses before you make impact,
but the trick with this kick is you have to pivot
the foot that’s on the floor. So make sure you
pivot, come round… – Wow.
– ..and down. – Beautiful.
– Ready to have a try? Well, thank you, sir. One more. – Nice.
– That was good. One more.
Come on, let’s shout. Let me hear you shout. This one is called an axe
kick because we literally swing our leg as high as we
can and come down like an axe. This is where the flexibility is going to be an issue
for me, I think. I’m going to hold
the pad like this, and I just want you to
swing down and come down as hard as you can.
That’s good. – Flat foot.
– Where’s your shouting, man? Come on. I thought
you liked me. You ain’t shouting.
Why am I shouting? I’m the sensei.
I don’t have to. This next kick is called
a jumping front kick. Now, the trick here is
to swing the back leg, and you’re going
to use that force to push off and come
up high in the air. Come on, Stu.
I can do better than that. – Oh, my goodness.
– So up, and down. So remember, it’s all about
the back leg for momentum. Airborne. There we go.
That was it. That was really good.
That was great. Nice. That was really good. Just don’t fall on your back. Fantastic. No vocals again,
but I think… – That’s all right.
– We’ll add them in later. This last one is
called a spinning kick because we spin
our whole body around, and we make contact
with the heel. So it looks like that. Come on, Stu.
You keep… There we go.
There we go. Use your height, Stu. Beautiful. This one, remember, point
your heel at the pad. All the way around. This is inside of
the hamstring. – Up there you can feel it.
– Exactly. Right up there
inside the groin. It’s a very difficult
kick to execute. That’s why we give you
the most points for it. So you get four points. So if you can nail that,
that’s four points. That’s scary.
That’s really scary. Good. That was good.
That was good. You thought of somebody. That was really good. Very nice.
One more. – Fantastic.
– Good. Really good, that is.
Really, really good. Taekwondo is the
Korean martial art which means “the way of
kicking and punching”. A full contact sparring sport
characterised by its emphasis on a variety of kicks. Each fight involves a
single-elimination tournament to decide the gold
and silver medals. Events are scored by awarding
one to three points based on where the person
gets hit and what techniques
were used. Now you’ve seen what a day of
taekwondo training looks like, It’s time for
the challenge, where the winner will be presented
with this not so shiny medal. The challenge for today is who
can do the most amount of kicks in 20 seconds while hopping and
changing legs at the same time. So this is a bit advanced. You’re up first, DC.
Let’s do it. Ready, set, go! Keep going, keep going,
keep going, come on. Keep going, DC. Come on! It’s not as easy as it looks. Right, the technique
wasn’t great. – I’m not going to lie.
– It was a good start. We’ll see, though. I think the competition’s
going to be tough, though. – Are you ready?
– Here we go. Ready, set, go! That’s it. Good. That’s it.
Keep it up, keep it up. Beautiful. Keep it up,
keep it up, keep it up. Let’s go. Beautiful.
Keep it going. – Oh, my gosh.
– That’s tight. I don’t know what happened. That’s really close. I don’t know what
just happened. I actually don’t know
what my body was doing. – I don’t know.
– That was hard work. – It’s not easy.
– It really was. I am more than pleased to say
that the winner is Kelsey. I knew it.
I knew it. I did it! Awesome, awesome. My height, I think, wasn’t
an advantage in this. No, height is an advantage.
You just weren’t very good. OK. See you. Nice to meet you, mate.
Have a good one. All the best for Japan.
See you soon. You turned up,
and that was amazing. That is not what I’m about.
I don’t represent turning up. You both did
really, really well. – I’m proud of you both.
– Appreciate it. Thanks for showing us what
your training involves. – All the best.
– Well, let’s end this. Attention, bow. I’m good at that bit. Going into taekwondo
with Lutalo, I had no idea what to expect. The power that was going
through my whole body, it was crazy. Kelsey and DC were
really, really great. I love their attitude. They brought a lot of flavour
and they both surprised me about how good they were
at doing the kicks with zero training before. The finesse that is required
for that sport is just nuts. I’m pretty sure he was flying. I don’t really know
how else to explain it. If anything,
today just reaffirmed that size doesn’t matter. It’s all about your
mental attitude, and we all had
a blast learning. Lutalo is just an awesome guy. You can see the passion
he’s got for the sport, and he was just great
fun to be around. Next time on
Hitting the Wall… We’re meeting up with Olympic
sports climber Cesar Grosso. Let’s see if we can hang!