Harwich Taekwondo (CO12): If you have been looking around Harwich for some ideas for a new hobby, you might want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will enable you to bolster your self-respect, build your confidence, learn some self-defence moves and strengthen your mind and body. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since its development during the 1940's.
Taekwondo is an ideal sport for children in Harwich, because it teaches self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical aspects make it more suited to younger people. Older adults may find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. People in Harwich who take up Taekwondo when they are young find it easy to continue when they get older. The less agile of you might find that Tai Chi which is a bit softer is more suitable.
Taekwondo was only developed quite recently in Korea (1945). A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some exciting new schools called "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the main focus is on kicking, especially fast kicking techniques, head kicks and jumping/spinning kicks. These days Harwich Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
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.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Harwich 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 Essex 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 Harwich nowadays.
There's a pretty good chance that your newly learned Taekwondo skills will never need to be used in the outside world, but it will certainly give you peace of mind knowing that they are there should you need them.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first lesson. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
Harwich Taekwondo classes are not just intended for the people of Harwich itself but also for martial arts fans from Little Oakley, Frating, Thorpe-le-Soken, Parkeston Quay, Great Oakley, Wrabness, Walton-on-the-Naze, Little Bentley, Ramsey, Lawford, Beaumont, Dovercourt, Weeley, Little Bromley, Kirby le Soken, Bradfield and other Essex areas.
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is renowned for its wide variety of kicks, more than any other martial art. Here are just a few: Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi).
Competitions: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve patterns (forms), breaking and sparring with very little hard contact. International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) competitions don't allow excessive contact but do allow hand attacks to the head. World Taekwondo (WT) and Olympic competitions allow only sparring. Multi-style competitions also take place.
Harwich Taekwondo classes can generally offer you Taekwondo for self-defence, Taekwondo patterns, Taekwondo for fitness, Taekwondo for toddlers, Taekwondo for adults, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo for senior citizens, Taekwondo sparring, Taekwondo forms, Taekwondo for the disabled and other in Harwich, .
To Summarize: What you get out of Taekwondo will be directly related to what you put into it (as is the case with life in general). Most of you will simply wish to meet different people, improve your fitness levels and make new friends, some may wish to progress to tournaments and competitions or maybe even the Olympics. But remember, we can't all be a Jade Jones or a Lutalo Muhammad.
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