Gatley Taekwondo (SK8): Initially established in Korea in the nineteen forties and fifties, Taekwondo is a fast combatative sport which has become increasingly popular over the last three decades. For people who need to strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect, learn some useful self-defence techniques and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be the perfect pastime or fitness activity.
It must be said that Taekwondo can be pretty physically demanding, which could unnerve the older and less agile people in Gatley from taking this up. To be honest, the most common people participating in Taekwondo classes are kids and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical condition can easily get involved and benefit considerably from this activity.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its early beginnings in Korea in 1945. A number of Korean martial arts specialists in Seoul founded some schools which they called "kwans", merging many different martial arts practices. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, primarily consists of kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/turning kicks, rapid kicking methods and head kicks.
Nowadays an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over sixty million enthusiasts worldwide, and whilst you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games sportsman, you are still able to sign up for a Taekwondo class or club to master what will undoubtedly turn out to be a worthwhile and interesting pastime.
For the men, women and children of Gatley who would like to learn a martial art, a big priority is the aspect of self-defence. Since this is a key concept of Taekwondo, it isn't difficult to appreciate the attraction of this unique sport. With the extra benefit of developing self-restraint and having a degree of respect for other people, signing up for a local Gatley Taekwondo class seems to be an easy decision.
Your newly learned Taekwondo skills will likely never have to be proven outside of an organised Taekwondo class, however being aware of the fact that you have them will give you peace of mind.
Your First Gatley Taekwondo Class
If Taekwondo isn't a sport that you've ever had a go at previously, you will probably be curious about what to expect from your initial lesson if you make your mind up to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Gatley have different ideas about this but in brief; you'll participate in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you'll do a certain amount of technical training, you'll learn some forms, you will practice sparring methods and last but not least you will warm-down to help your body get back into a relaxed state once again.
Anybody who joins a Taekwondo class in Gatley must also become a member of British Taekwondo which is the official regulating body of the sport in the UK. You will be able to find out about coaching courses, clubs and members, referees and coaching, health and safety, news, launching a new club, first aid, equality and safeguarding, events, and more on British Taekwondo's website, and get the latest news stories on their Twitter or Facebook page.
The Main Taekwondo Kicks
Kicks play a key role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Hook or Whip Kick, Axe Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Crescent Kick, Back Kick, Push Kick, Front Kick, Side Kick. Blocks: To stop and deflect an incoming attack, "blocks" (known as Makgi) are implemented. Held in various positions, they involve the hands and sections of the arm. Each "block" can be coordinated with a punch or kick to establish a counter-attacking move, and each one is appropriate for a particular attack. The key Taekwondo "blocks" (makgi) include: Rising Block, Single Forearm Block, Knife Hand Block, Upper Block, Double Forearm Block, Palm Block, Nine Block, Low Block and Double Knife Hand Block.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns)
Beginners in Taekwondo don't have to stress excessively about forms (patterns, Poomse) in the early days, however they will get to grips with some standard ones for starters and progress to more complicated forms as they progress through the various belts (grades/dans). A "form" is signified by specified elements of Taekwondo including technique, stance and direction. Getting to grips with these techniques is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
Beginners Taekwondo Gatley
It does not matter what you're capable of or who you are in Taekwondo, at some stage you were a complete novice, fearing failure and knowing practically nothing. We have all started at that point and can only improve and learn with practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in Gatley are the place get started on that learning journey and to acquire the fundamentals so you can gain self-confidence and proceed with your Taekwondo experience. The majority of beginner classes are geared up to be friendly and fun, delivering a slow introduction to the basic Taekwondo principles and building a firm base for the future.
Taekwondo Safety Gear
In all contests, events and tournaments being staged under the control of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as red or blue body armour (hogu), a blue or red head guard, a groin protector, shin protectors, hand guards, a mouth protector and forearm guards is mandatory. The kicking tactics used in Taekwondo can cause harm and these measures help to make the activity less risky for its competitors.
Taekwondo Information, Help and Social Media
To discover more about the most recent Taekwondo developments on social media check this out. To join the world of Taekwondo visit one of the Taekwondo forums, discussions include things like "Taekwondo Sparring", "Self Defense", "The Instructors Room", "Taekwondo Patterns", "Health and Fitness" and "General Discussion". To buy foot guards, fighting gloves, body defenders, shin protectors, head guards, gum shields, sparring gloves, mats, chest guards, focus pads, Taekwondo garments, doboks, forearm protectors, groin guards, foot socks and belts, have a look at Kicksport. Find out how to do Taekwondo on YouTube here. To check out an informative article about Taekwondo forms, head here You can take a look at the Wikipedia Taekwondo webpage to learn info about organisations and styles, vocabulary, the history of Taekwondo, historical influences, equipment and facilities, belts, ranks and promotion, school of thought, competitions and forms (patterns).
Benefits of Taekwondo
- Empower your body and mind via accelerated physical coordination and mental discipline
- Learn self-defence techniques by coaching you to identify occasions where self-defence may be needed, and empowering you to manipulate these situations to your advantage
- Enhance self-esteem by elevating your physical and mental fitness
- Grow in your confidence by encouraging you to succeed and to take control of your life
- Reduced stress and anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises
- Better discipline and willpower by thoroughly training your mind and body in the strategies and principles of Taekwondo
- Turbocharge agility, flexibility and stamina by way of intensive cardiovascular exertion
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