Carlton Taekwondo (NG4): 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 learn to defend yourself better, strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-respect and build your confidence, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Carlton from taking this up. To be fair, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical health can easily take part and get benefits from this activity.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like jumping/turning kicks, fast kicking styles and head-height 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.
The total number of Taekwondo practitioners globally, now exceeds sixty million. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to anyone, and joining your local Carlton Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get yourself involved. Whilst reaching Olympic standard may be beyond you, there isn't any reason why you can't become a Taekwondo master.
It seems that the most attractive element of Taekwondo is self-defence. And in these times of increasing violence, particularly in city centres, it's no surprise that this features on top of people's list of priorities. It's a key factor of Taekwondo that you can be confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time respect others and exercise self-restraint.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: 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 Carlton 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.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: When signing up for Taekwondo classes in Carlton you will be hoping to get some benefits to make the whole thing worthwhile. So let's look at a few of the benefits that you might gain by learning and practicing Taekwondo. More self-discipline by comprehensively training your mind and body in the tactics and concepts of Taekwondo, Empower your mind and body thru improved mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Beef up your confidence by inspiring you to succeed and to take control of your life, Teach you self-defence by training you to realize scenarios in which self-defence may be needed, and allowing you to manipulate these situations to your advantage, Increase concentration and self-esteem by intensifying both mental and physical health, Improve stamina, flexibility and agility through intensive cardiovascular exertion, Lower anxiety using advanced breath control.
Taekwondo Tournaments: Taekwondo competitions are held all over the world in all of the various styles. There is generally not much hard contact but sparring, breaking and patterns (forms). 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.
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