Deal Taekwondo (CT14): If you have been thinking about taking up a hobby to achieve some specific goals such as to bolster your self-respect, learn some self-defence moves, boost your confidence and strengthen your mind and body, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Deal 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.
With its beginnings in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is certainly one of the more recently developed of the martial arts and involves mainly kicking moves such as fast kicking methods, spinning/jumping kicks and head kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
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.
Although there's much to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the self-defence aspect that most Deal people find appealing. And its not a surprise that this sits prominently on people's list of priorities when you consider the ever increasing amounts of violence seen these days in city centres throughout Britain. In fact one of the primary principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Deal, 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 Deal 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.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is probably most recognized for its acrobatic kicks, here are some of the basic kicks you will learn as a beginner: Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi).
If you want to join a Taekwondo club in Deal, you'll also have to become a member of the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.
Taekwondo - The Benefits: You will probably be interested to learn about exactly what sort of benefits might be gained by attending Deal Taekwondo classes and participating fully in its activities. You can expect to: Enhance concentration and self-esteem by heightening your physical and mental powers, Improve agility, stamina and flexibility through intensive cardiovascular exertion, Reduce anxiety and stress by doing deep breathing exercises, Build up your confidence by helping you to seize control of your life and succeed, Toughen up your mind and body by way of enhanced physical coordination and mental discipline, Develop self-discipline by extensively educating your body and mind in the strategies and concepts of Taekwondo, Help with self-defence techniques by showing you how to realize circumstances in which self-defence might be necessary, and allowing you to manipulate these types of situations in your favour.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): 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 direction, stance and technique.
Taekwondo Competitions: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates breaking, sparring and patterns, 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.
In Summary: We cannot all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I guess that we wouldn't all want to be. Taekwondo isn't just about Olympic titles and National Championships. Most of us are happy to improve our levels of fitness, make new friends and meet different people, and that is how it should be. However, as with most things in life, what you get out of it will depend on what you put into it. Good luck! 👊
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