Doncaster Taekwondo (DN1): If you have been thinking about taking up a hobby to achieve some specific goals such as to boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, learn some useful self-defence techniques and enhance your self-esteem, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Doncaster 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 Doncaster 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, fast kicking strategies and jumping/turning kicks.
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.
For many people in Doncaster, 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 have just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you'll be wondering what to expect. This will vary from class to class but will usually include most or all of the following. 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, some technical training covering some stances, kicks, hand attacks and blocking techniques, a look at some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
Taekwondo Kicks: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Crescent Kick, Axe Kick, Back Kick, Side Kick, Whip or Hook Kick, Front Kick, Push Kick, Roundhouse Kick.
Anybody wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Doncaster must also become a member of British Taekwondo which is the governing body of the sport in the United Kingdom.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank): With there being various different styles of Taekwondo there has never been any standard system for allocating belts (promotion). What does exist is however fairly similar and consists of two belt groups "junior" and "senior" ("colour" and "black"), each of these groups are divided into ranks, 8 to 12 colours for juniors and 9 for seniors.
Safety Equipment: Competitions governed by British Taekwondo rules require various items of protective gear to be used, these include: a groin protector, shin protectors, forearm guards, hand guards, a mouth protector, red/blue body armour and a blue/red head protector. This is important because of the powerful kicking attacks being employed.
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