Broadstairs Taekwondo (CT10): Originally developed in Korea during the 1940's and 50's, Taekwondo is a fast combatative sport that has become increasingly popular over the last 30 years or so. For those of you who wish to boost your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-esteem and learn self-defence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
Taekwondo is generally a lot more demanding physically than for example Tai Chi, so unless you are pretty fit and agile you might prefer to find something a little gentler to improve your fitness in Broadstairs. Younger children are certainly the perfect participants for Taekwondo classes in Broadstairs, with lots of fast movements going on and plenty of high kicking.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like head-height kicks, rapid kicking techniques and jumping/turning kicks, Taekwondo was formulated from the techniques of different martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools called "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Songmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan.
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.
Folks in Broadstairs learn Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence aspect that appeals to most. And if you consider the increased levels of violence in city and town centres nowadays, this is hardly surprising. The ability to defend yourself while still exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first class. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
The Eight Basic Taekwondo Kicks: As martial arts go, Taekwondo stands out as the one with the most kicking strategies. These are just some basic ones: Side Kick, Crescent Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Push Kick, Whip or Hook Kick, Axe Kick, Back Kick, Front Kick.
Tournaments: Taekwondo competitions are held all over the world in all of the various styles. There is generally not much hard contact but patterns (forms), breaking and sparring. Olympic and WT (World Taekwondo) tournaments consist only of sparring, in ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) tournaments certain hand attacks are allowed to the head. Other organizations hold multi-discipline tournaments.
Safety Equipment: British Taekwondo matches require certain safety equipment to be worn to protect competitors from injury due to the powerful kicks being used. This safety gear includes: forearm guards, a groin protector, shin guards, a red or blue trunk guard (hogu), a blue or red head protector, a mouth protector and hand protectors.
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