Chester Taekwondo (CH1): 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 self-defence, enhance your self-esteem, build your confidence and strengthen your mind and body, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Chester 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 Chester 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 was only developed quite recently in Korea (1945). A group of Korean martial arts devotees in Seoul founded some new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a mix of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking movements, in particular rapid kicking styles, head-height kicks and spinning/jumping kicks. These days Chester Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Chester and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Chester Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
For the people of Chester who wish to learn a martial art, a top priority is the aspect of self-defence. Since this is a key principle of Taekwondo, it is easy to see the appeal of this particular sport. With the added bonus of learning self-restraint and having a deep respect for others, signing up for a local Chester Taekwondo class seems to be a no brainer.
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 Chester 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 Main Taekwondo Kicks: Of all the martial arts, Taekwondo has the widest variety of kicking techniques. Among them are: Back Kick, Crescent Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Front Kick, Axe Kick, Push Kick, Side Kick, Whip or Hook Kick.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: There are of course many benefits to be had from doing Taekwondo and here are just a few that may be of interest to you: Build confidence by motivating you to seize control of your life and succeed, Strengthen your body and mind by increased mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Supercharge flexibility, agility and stamina by means of intense cardiovascular work-outs, Reduced stress using advanced breath control, More discipline by extensively educating your body and mind in the strategies and concepts of Taekwondo, Improve feelings of self-esteem by raising your mental and physical powers, Learn self-defence by showing you how to recognize situations where self-defence could be required, and empowering you to control these scenarios to your advantage.
Competitions: Taekwondo competitions are held all over the world in all of the various styles. There is generally not much hard contact but patterns, sparring and breaking. 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: In all matches, events and competitions being staged under the auspices of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as a blue or red body protector (hogu), a red or blue head protector, shin protectors, hand protectors, a mouth protector, forearm guards and a groin guard is mandatory. The kicking tactics used in Taekwondo can cause injury and this all helps to make the sport safer for its competitors.
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