Basildon Taekwondo (SS12 and SS13): If you'd like to learn a bit of self-defence, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect and boost your confidence, an ideal activity to get involved in is Taekwondo. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Basildon. That is not to say that older people cannot participate in this activity, but simply that there may be other martial arts that are more suited to the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be the perfect example.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular rapid kicking methods, jumping/spinning kicks and head-height kicks. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists founded schools called "kwans", which blended various martial arts techniques.
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 many people in Basildon, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And its not surprising that this is on people's list of priorities when you consider the rising levels of violence seen these days in town and city centres throught the United Kingdom. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you will be wondering what to expect. Most Taekwondo schools in Basildon follow a similar pattern, but there may be variations to the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some stances, kicks, blocking techniques and hand attacks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Some Taekwondo Kicks: Kicks play a key role in Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Side Kick, Crescent Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Front Kick, Push Kick, Whip or Hook Kick, Axe Kick, Back Kick.
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 stance, technique and direction which need to be memorized in order for pupils to progress through the various dans (belts/grades).
Taekwondo Belts (Promotion): With there being various different styles of Taekwondo there has never been any standard system for allocating belts (promotion). What does exist is however fairly similar and consists of two belt groups "junior" and "senior" ("colour" and "black"), each of these groups are divided into ranks, 8 to 12 colours for juniors and 9 for seniors.
Taekwondo Beginners Classes: It doesn't matter who you are or what you're capable of in Taekwondo, at one stage you were a total novice, knowing nothing and fearing failure. We have all started at that point and can only learn and improve with practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in Basildon are the place to start that learning process and to pick up the basics so that you can gain confidence and move forward in your Taekwondo adventure. Most beginner classes are set up to be fun and friendly, offering a slow introduction to the basic Taekwondo principles and building a solid foundation for the future.
Basildon Taekwondo lessons will likely offer you Taekwondo kicks, Taekwondo for self-defence, Taekwondo etiquette, Taekwondo for beginners, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo for adults, Taekwondo for the disabled, Taekwondo forms, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo sparring and other in Basildon, .
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Taekwondo SS12 and SS13 region.