Cardiff Taekwondo (CF1): 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 mind and body, bolster your self-esteem, learn to defend yourself and build your confidence, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
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 Cardiff. Younger children are certainly the perfect participants for Taekwondo classes in Cardiff, with lots of fast movements going on and plenty of high kicking.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like head kicks, fast kicking methods and turning/jumping 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.
Since the Sydney Olympic Games in the year 2000, Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport. This has made it even more popular worlwide with some 60 million people actively taking part in classes. And it is by joining a Taekwondo club or class that you can begin your journey of learning this fascinating art.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Cardiff 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 Wales 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 Cardiff nowadays.
Your First Class: For those of you who have never done Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be interested to know what to expect from your first class. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. An initial warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, a little technical training comprising some kicks, hand attacks, stances and blocks, some work on forms or patterns, a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping.
Cardiff Taekwondo classes aren't solely for folks in Cardiff itself but also for devotees from St Mellons, Llanishen, Penarth, Sully, Llantrisant, Wenvoe, Culverhouse Cross, Caerphilly, Danescourt, Machen, Roath, Risca, Pencoed, Cowbridge, Splott, Barry, Rumney, Gabalfa, Llandaff, Dinas Pawys and other surrounding areas.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and any individual wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Cardiff must also become a member of British Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as direction, stance and technique. From the outset you will learn some of the basic forms, and in order to progress through the grades (belts) you will need to learn some more advanced ones.
Beginners Taekwondo Cardiff: Students starting out on their Taekwondo adventure in Cardiff will at first sign up for a beginners class. Beginners classes are great, because there is no pressure and everything is done at a slow, relaxed pace. Learning and having fun are the main aims in the beginning and students who are having fun tend to learn much faster and absorb more of what they are being taught. Even Taekwondo masters started out as clueless novices, so take that first step and who knows where you will end up!
Taekwondo Safety Gear: Competitions governed by British Taekwondo rules require various items of protective gear to be used, these include: forearm protectors, a groin protector, shin pads, hand protectors, a mouth guard, a blue/red head protector and a blue or red body protector (hogu). This is important because of the powerful kicking attacks being employed.
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