Folkestone Taekwondo (CT18): Learning a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are a popular choice these days. Taking up something like Taekwondo enables you to enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body, boost your confidence and learn a bit of self-defence. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Folkestone. That is not to say that older people cannot participate in this activity, but simply that there may be other martial arts that are more suited to the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be the perfect example.
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 head kicks, fast kicking strategies and jumping/spinning kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
While there is much to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the self-defence aspect that most Folkestone people are interested in. And when you consider the high levels of violence in town and city centres these days, this is hardly surprising. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the key benefits of Taekwondo.
Your First Class: If you have booked your first class but have never done Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training comprising some blocking techniques, stances, kicks and hand attacks, learning your the basic forms or patterns, a look at sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and any individual wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Folkestone must also become a member of British Taekwondo.
Competitions: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates breaking, patterns (forms) and sparring, 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.
Summary: We can pretty much guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you will improve your fitness levels, gain more confidence and make more friends. If that is all you get out of it, then all well and good, you can call it a success! We aren't all striving to be Jade Jones's or Lutalo Muhammad's, but those of you who are need to start with the first step. Good luck on your journey! 👊
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