Gateshead Taekwondo (NE8): 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 build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem and learn some self-defence techniques, 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 Gateshead 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 Gateshead 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.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not coined until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts lovers in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. The main focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking techniques, jumping/spinning kicks and head-height kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Today Gateshead Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
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 Gateshead people are interested in. And its not surprising that this is on people's list of priorities when you consider the rising levels of violence seen these days in town and city centres throught the United Kingdom. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
You newly learned Taekwondo skills will likely never need to be put to the test outside of an organized Taekwondo class, however knowing that you have them will give you peace of mind.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. Most Taekwondo schools in Gateshead follow a similar routine, but there might be some variation to the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to loosen the muscles and increase heart rate, some technical training comprising some kicks, hand attacks, stances and blocking techniques, learning your first patterns or forms, some tips on sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and to finish off a warm down to stretch weary muscles and relax.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: The benefits that can be gained by participating in Taekwondo classes in Gateshead are many and varied, among the most significant are: Learn self-defence tactics by showing you how to identify situations where self-defence might be needed, and allowing you to manipulate these situations in your favour, Strengthen your mind and body thru accelerated mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Build your confidence by motivating you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Lower anxiety and stress by doing deep breathing exercises, Develop discipline by methodically training your mind and body in the principles and strategies of Taekwondo, Increase flexibility, stamina and agility by means of intensive cardiovascular exertion, Improve feelings of self-esteem by maximizing your mental and physical powers.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank): The belt and ranking system can get rather confusing in Taekwondo because there is no standard system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though and typically there are two distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior group varies across the styles but is commonly between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior group normally has 9 belts or dans.
Taekwondo Competitions and Tournaments: Taekwondo competitions are held all over the world in all of the various styles. There is generally not much hard contact but breaking, patterns and sparring. 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.
Gateshead Taekwondo classes will likely offer you Taekwondo for kids, Taekwondo for the disabled, Taekwondo tuition, Taekwondo for beginners, Taekwondo sparring, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo for seniors, Taekwondo etiquette, Taekwondo kicks, Taekwondo patterns and more in Gateshead, .
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Taekwondo NE8 area.