Bracknell Taekwondo (RG12): 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 learn some useful self-defence techniques, boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body and bolster your self-esteem, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
If you asked people in Bracknell what their feelings were on Taekwondo, most would say it is an activity for young children. While the younger generation should find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to cope with, there's nothing to stop people of all ages taking part. Being relatively fit and agile does however help you to enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular fast kicking strategies, turning/jumping 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.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Bracknell join classes and take up the sport. There has been a worrying increase in violent behaviour in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres around Berkshire and the UK in general. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and respect for others, not such common qualities in Bracknell nowadays.
With any luck you will never be required to use your newly discovered Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, but it's nice to know it is there if you need it.
Your First Lesson: If you've made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first lesson, you'll be curious as to what will happen. The following will give you an example, but this can vary subject to which Bracknell school you have signed up for. A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce stiffness in your muscles, some technical training comprising some blocks, stances, hand attacks and kicks, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and to finish off a warm down to loosen up and stretch muscles.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank): The belt and ranking system can get rather confusing in Taekwondo because there is no standard system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though and typically there are two distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior group varies across the styles but is commonly between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior group normally has 9 belts or dans.
Taekwondo Competitions and Tournaments: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates patterns, breaking and sparring, in the Olympics only sparring is involved. That being said there may also be some special events in certain tournaments such as self-defence and team demonstrations. WT (World Taekwondo) competitions are purely soft-contact affairs, while ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) competitions allow some hand attacks to the head. There are also some multi-discipline competitions.
Taekwondo for Beginners: 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 Bracknell 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.
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