Hatfield Taekwondo (AL9): 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, learn to defend yourself, bolster your self-respect and strengthen your body and mind, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Hatfield 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.
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 turning/jumping kicks, fast kicking methods and head kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Hatfield and with over 60 million others across the world. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, signing up for a local Hatfield Taekwondo class or club is a good place to start. While the odds of you getting to Olympic standard are fairly slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this exciting martial art.
Though there is much to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the element of self-defence that most Hatfield people are interested in. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. However, exercising self-restraint and a respect for others goes hand in hand with Taekwondo's self-defence principles.
Though you will spend a lot of time mastering these vital self-defence skills, with any luck you won't ever need to implement them apart from within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Hatfield Taekwondo 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.
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Crescent Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Axe Kick, Side Kick, Push Kick, Back Kick, Front Kick, Hook or Whip Kick.
Everyone who is a member of a Taekwondo club in Hatfield or any place else in the UK, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.
Taekwondo Belts (Promotion): When it comes to promotion, ranking and belts there isn't actually any standardization in Taekwondo, since there are various different styles of Taekwondo which each have their own system in place. They are however similarities and they generally comprise two groups of belts "seniors" and "juniors", represented by black and coloured belts respectively. The senior rankings generally have 9 levels and the junior, between 8 and 12 levels.
Safety Gear: British Taekwondo matches require certain safety equipment to be worn to protect competitors from injury due to the powerful kicks being used. This safety gear includes: forearm guards, a groin protector, a red/blue head guard, shin protectors, a mouth protector, a red/blue body guard (hogu) and hand guards.
In Summary: 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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