Aberdeen Taekwondo (AB10): Developed during the 1940's in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art that has grown in popularity in recent years. Renowned as a way to bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind, learn self-defence and build your confidence, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
While not wanting to deter any particular age group, it has to be said that Taekwondo is more suited to younger people in Aberdeen, being quite physically demanding. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. Seniors trying Taekwondo for the first time often find it too challenging, unless they have consistently kept themselves active. Quite a lot of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Aberdeen, started when they were younger. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
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 turning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over 60 million followers worldwide, and while you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games athlete, you can still join a Taekwondo club or class to learn what will no doubt turn out to be a fascinating and rewarding activity.
For the people of Aberdeen who wish to learn a martial art, a top priority is the aspect of self-defence. Since this is a key principle of Taekwondo, it is easy to see the appeal of this particular sport. With the added bonus of learning self-restraint and having a deep respect for others, signing up for a local Aberdeen Taekwondo class seems to be a no brainer.
Though you'll spend a lot of time learning these essential self-defence techniques, with a bit of luck you'll never need to implement them except within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Class: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first class should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Aberdeen have different ideas about this but roughly; you will take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do a bit of technical training, you will learn some forms, you will practice sparring techniques and finally you will warm-down to get your body back into a state of relaxation.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Mastering Taekwondo will involve learning many disciplines and one of the key parts of Taekwondo is its forms (also called Poomse or patterns). These are sequences of technique, direction and stance which need to be memorized in order for pupils to progress through the various dans (belts/grades).
Tournaments: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve patterns, sparring and breaking 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.
Beginners Taekwondo Aberdeen: Even the very best exponents of Taekwondo in Aberdeen had to start as novices, so it is no shame to be a complete beginner at Taekwondo, or any other activity for that matter. The aim of a Taekwondo beginners class is to teach a few basics, increase confidence and build a solid foundation for the future. Most important of all is that it should be fun, students having fun will learn quicker and be better engaged.
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In Summary: We can pretty much guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you will make more friends, improve your fitness and gain more confidence. If that is all you get out of it, then all well and good, you can call it a success! We aren't all striving to be Jade Jones's or Lutalo Muhammad's, but those of you who are need to start with the first step. Good luck on your journey! 👊
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