Taekwondo Abbots Langley
Abbots Langley Taekwondo (WD5): If you have been thinking about taking up a hobby to achieve some specific goals such as to boost your confidence, enhance your self-respect, strengthen your body and mind and learn some self-defence techniques, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. This more modern of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after World War 2.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Abbots Langley from taking this up. To be fair, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical health can easily take part and get benefits from this activity.
With its beginnings in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is certainly one of the more recently developed of the martial arts and involves mainly kicking moves such as rapid kicking strategies, head kicks and spinning/jumping kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Abbots Langley are taking up self-defence classes like Taekwondo to help them feel safer in their local environment. The self-defence aspect is one of the key factors of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for other people, which are disciplines that are largely missing in modern day life.
Your First Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first lesson. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase heart rate and loosen your muscles, some technical training covering some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a look at sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing.
Abbots Langley Taekwondo classes aren't only intended for the people of Abbots Langley but also for followers from Nash Mills, Hunton Bridge, Kings Langley, Frogmore, Chiswell Green, Pimlico, Park Street, Bricket Wood, Garston, Chipperfield, St Albans, Watford, Cassiobury, Bedmont, Leavesden, Hemel Hempstead and other surrounding places.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: When signing up for Taekwondo classes in Abbots Langley you will be hoping to get some benefits to make the whole thing worthwhile. So let's look at a few of the benefits that you might gain by learning and practicing Taekwondo. Increase concentration and self-esteem by intensifying your physical and mental fitness, Toughen up your body and mind by enhanced mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Greater self-discipline by thoroughly training your body and mind in the concepts and tactics of Taekwondo, Lower stress by doing deep breathing exercises, Learn self-defence tactics by helping you recognise situations in which self-defence could be required, and allowing you to control these types of scenarios in your favour, Increase stamina, agility and flexibility through extreme cardiovascular effort, Build confidence by inspiring you to succeed and to take control of your life.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank): When it comes to promotion, ranking and belts there isn't actually any standardization in Taekwondo, since there are various different styles of Taekwondo which each have their own system in place. They are however similarities and they generally comprise two groups of belts "seniors" and "juniors", represented by black and coloured belts respectively. The senior rankings generally have 9 levels and the junior, between 8 and 12 levels.
Taekwondo Competitions and Tournaments: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve breaking, sparring and patterns with very little hard contact. International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) competitions don't allow excessive contact but do allow hand attacks to the head. World Taekwondo (WT) and Olympic competitions allow only sparring. Multi-style competitions also take place.
Abbots Langley Taekwondo for Beginners: With any sport or activity we have to start somewhere, and Taekwondo is no different. Even the topmost Abbots Langley Taekwondo masters were complete novices at one point. So, what can you expect as a complete beginner at Taekwondo? Beginner classes should give its students enough training to teach them the basics and allow them to gain confidence as they progress. The perfect beginners class should be fun as well as educational, when people are having fun they are more engaged and will learn faster.
Safety Equipment: British Taekwondo matches require certain safety equipment to be worn to protect competitors from injury due to the powerful kicks being used. This safety gear includes: a blue/red head guard, hand protectors, forearm protectors, shin protectors, a groin protector, a mouth guard and a blue/red body guard (hogu).
In Summary: What you get out of Taekwondo will be directly related to what you put into it (as is the case with life in general). Most of you will simply wish to make new friends, meet different people and improve your fitness, some may wish to progress to tournaments and competitions or maybe even the Olympics. But remember, we can't all be a Jade Jones or a Lutalo Muhammad. 👊
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