Ascot Taekwondo (SL5): If you have been looking around Ascot for some ideas for a new hobby, you might want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will enable you to learn some self-defence moves, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and boost your confidence. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Ascot and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults may find it somewhat too demanding unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Ascot at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
The sport was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it was not named Taekwondo until the 1950's. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts founded some exciting new schools which they called "kwans", practicing a blend of martial arts techniques. This later became known as Taekwondo and the main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially turning/jumping kicks, head kicks and fast kicking techniques. These days Ascot Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Popular all over the world Taekwondo now has over 60 million students. Joining a local Ascot Taekwondo club or class is a great way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. There's no reason why you can't reach an advanced standard in this thrilling sport, even if you don't have any desire to compete in the Olympics.
For many people in Ascot, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that is the most interesting. And when you consider the increased levels of violence in city and town centres nowadays, this is not surprising. It is a key principle of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercise self-restraint and respect others.
Your First Ascot Taekwondo Lesson: For those of you who've never attempted Taekwondo before, you'll no doubt be intrigued to know what to expect from your first class. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Ascot follow a similar pattern, but there may be some variation to the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, a little technical training comprising some blocking techniques, kicks, stances and hand attacks, learning some Poomse (or forms), a few ideas on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down to loosen up and stretch tired muscles.
Taekwondo Competitions: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve patterns, breaking and sparring 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.
In Summary: We can pretty much guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you will gain more confidence, make new friends and improve your fitness. 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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