Gosport Taekwondo (PO12): Originally developed in Korea during the 1940's and 50's, Taekwondo is a fast combatative sport that has become increasingly popular over the last 30 years or so. For those of you who wish to learn some self-defence moves, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem and boost your confidence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Gosport 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.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like turning/jumping kicks, head kicks and rapid kicking methods, Taekwondo was formulated from the techniques of different martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools called "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Songmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Gosport and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Gosport Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Gosport join classes and take up the sport. There has been a worrying increase in violent behaviour in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres around Hampshire and the UK in general. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and respect for others, not such common qualities in Gosport nowadays.
With any luck you won't ever have the need to use your newly acquired Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, however it's good to know they are there if you need them.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Gosport, the first thing you will want to know is what will happen on the first lesson and what will the tutor be expecting of you. Different Taekwondo masters in Gosport 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.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom, and membership of this organization is compulsory if you wish to sign up with any Taekwondo club in Gosport or nearby.
Taekwondo - The Benefits: When signing up for Taekwondo classes in Gosport you will be hoping to get some benefits to make the whole thing worthwhile. So let's look at a few of the benefits that you might gain by learning and practicing Taekwondo. Learn self-defence by helping you identify situations where self-defence might be necessary, and empowering you to control such scenarios in your favour, Lower stress and anxiety using advanced breath control, Greater discipline by exhaustively schooling your mind and body in the concepts and tactics of Taekwondo, Toughen up your body and mind by improved mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Enhance self-esteem and concentration by intensifying your mental and physical powers, Build confidence by helping you to succeed and to take control of your life, Supercharge flexibility, agility and stamina through strenuous cardiovascular effort.
Taekwondo Tournaments: Competitions are an important part of the overall Taekwondo experience and all of the different styles all over the world hold tournaments where Taekwondo masters come together to compete. Hard contact is rarely allowed in any of these competitions which mainly incorporate breaking, sparring and patterns. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and WT tournaments, while some hand attacks are tolerated in ITF events.
In Summary: So, what do you want from Taekwondo? Well that is a good question, and the answer will vary for different people. Most participants will simply wish to meet new people, improve their fitness levels and gain more confidence. We're not all going to reach the dizzy heights of Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, although maybe you will, who knows? 👊
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