Bromley Taekwondo (BR1): A Korean martial art that was developed during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you would like to strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-esteem, build your confidence and learn self-defence, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Bromley 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 Bromley 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.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools known as "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, jumping/turning kicks and rapid kicking strategies.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
For many people in Bromley, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your First Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Bromley, the first thing you will want to know is what will happen on the first class and what will the tutor be expecting of you. Different Taekwondo masters in Bromley will compile differing routines for this initial lesson but you can expect to do a 15 minute warm-up to get the blood flowing and loosen your muscles, learn a few forms (Poomse), cover some technical training (stances, kicks, blocks), do a bit of sparring, and lastly warm-down.
The Main Taekwondo Kicks: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks that you will learn initially include: Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi).
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse): Forms are a key element of Taekwondo and are essential if you are to master this fascinating martial art. Some basic forms must be learned at the beginning and more complex forms must be mastered in order to progress through the various belts. A Taekwondo form is characterized by various aspects such as technique, stance and direction.
Taekwondo Belts (Ranking): 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 Tournaments and Competitions: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates patterns, sparring and breaking, 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.
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