Bath Taekwondo (BA1): If you have been looking around Bath for some ideas for a new hobby, you may like to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will help you to bolster your self-respect, learn to defend yourself better, strengthen your mind and body and boost your confidence. This more modern of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after World War 2.
Taekwondo is an ideal sport for children in Bath, because it teaches self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical aspects make it more suited to younger people. It can sometimes be too taxing for older adults unless they are exceptionally fit and active. People in Bath who take up Taekwondo when they are young find it easy to continue when they get older. Something a bit softer like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo came from Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts in Seoul founded some exciting new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a mix of martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the emphasis is on kicking, in particular turning/jumping kicks, head kicks and fast kicking methods. Today Bath Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over sixty million students worldwide and has become really popular in Bath and throughout the UK. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, joining a Taekwondo club or class in Bath is a great place to start. Whilst nobody would expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Bath.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Bath 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 Taekwondo Class: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first lesson should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Bath 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: Beginners in Taekwondo do not need to worry too much about forms (Poomse, patterns) at the outset but they will learn some basic ones to start with and progress to more complex forms as they move up the belts (grades/dans). A form is signified by certain aspects of Taekwondo including technique, stance and direction. Learning these sequences is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
In Summary: We cannot all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I guess that we wouldn't all want to be. Taekwondo isn't just about Olympic titles and National Championships. Most of us are happy to meet different people, make new friends and improve our fitness, and that is how it should be. However, as with most things in life, what you get out of it will depend on what you put into it. Good luck! 👊
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