Horsham Taekwondo (RH12): Learning a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are a popular choice these days. Taking up something like Taekwondo enables you to learn a bit of self-defence, bolster your self-esteem, build your confidence and strengthen your body and mind. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Taekwondo is typically far more physically demanding than for instance Tai Chi, so unless you are pretty fit and nimble you might prefer to find something a bit gentler to boost your fitness levels in Horsham. Children are certainly an ideal participants for Taekwondo classes in Horsham, with a lot of fast movements going on and a great deal of high kicking.
Taekwondo is a martial art that primarily features kicking manoeuvres and moves, most notably head-height kicks, spinning/jumping kicks and fast kicking techniques. It started in Seoul, in southern Korea in the 1940's, when a number of martial arts enthusiasts founded schools known as "kwans", which combined various martial arts practices.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Horsham and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Taekwondo club or class in Horsham is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. While the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this thrilling martial art.
In these times of escalating violence, it is little surprise that people in locations like Horsham are taking up self-defence classes such as Taekwondo to enable them to feel safer and more secure in their local environment. The self-defence aspect is one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for others around us, which are traits that are largely absent in modern day life.
Although it will instill you with confidence knowing that you have those self-defence skills in your locker, the likelihood is you'll never have to use them outside the controlled environment of an organized Taekwondo class.
Your First Lesson
If you've decided to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first lesson, you will be curious as to what will happen. There might be variations to the following, subject to which Horsham Taekwondo school you go to, but you can pretty much expect; A warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, a little technical training comprising some hand attacks, blocking techniques, kicks and stances, some work on forms or patterns, a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to finish off a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up.
Any person wishing to join a Taekwondo class in Horsham must also become a member of British Taekwondo which is the official governing body of the sport in Great Britain. You will be able to find out about clubs and members, first aid, coaching courses, events, news, referees and coaching, safe practices, establishing a new club, safeguarding and equality, and more on the British Taekwondo website, or get the latest Taekwondo news reports on their Twitter or Facebook page.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo
The benefits which can be achieved by taking part in Taekwondo lessons in Horsham are countless, amongst the most advantageous are: More self-discipline by thoroughly schooling your mind and body in the doctrines and strategies of Taekwondo, Learn self-defence by showing you how to understand circumstances where self-defence might be required, and enabling you to turn these types of scenarios to your advantage, Lower stress and anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises, Improve agility, flexibility and stamina by means of intensive cardiovascular exertion, Beef up confidence by helping you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Strengthen your body and mind through improved physical coordination and mental discipline, Increase self-esteem by raising both mental and physical health.
In all events, tournaments and contests being staged under the patronage of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as a blue/red body protector (hogu), a groin guard, forearm guards, hand protectors, a gum shield, a red or blue head protector and shin pads is obligatory. The kicking moves used in Taekwondo can cause harm and this all helps to make the activity less hazardous for its competitors.
More Taekwondo Help and Advice
You can visit the Wikipedia Taekwondo webpage to learn info about vocabulary, patterns (forms), organisations and styles, historical influences, facilities and equipment, philosophy, competitions and tournaments, promotion, belts and ranks and the history of Taekwondo. To join the world of Taekwondo visit the Taekwondo Forum, threads include things like "Taekwondo Sparring", "General Discussion", "Taekwondo Patterns", "The Instructors Room", "Health and Fitness" and "Self Defense". Learn how to do Taekwondo on You Tube here. To see what's currently trending on social media check this out. To shop for target paddles, foot socks, belts, mats, groin guards, forearm guards, doboks, fighter gloves, foot guards, gum shields, body protectors, chest protectors, sparring gloves, Taekwondo clothing, shin protectors and head guards, head over to Fight Equipment UK. To check out an interesting article about Taekwondo tournaments world-wide, click here
Basic Kicks in Taekwondo
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
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Recommended reading: Complete Taekwondo Poomsae: The Official Taegeuk, Palgwae, and Black Belt Forms of Taekwondo, ITF Taekwondo: Basic Information and Korean for Belt Gradings (Keith McMullen), Taekwon-Do Patterns: From Beginner to Black Belt by Jim Hogan, Taekwondo: Complete ITF Patterns (Marc Tedeschi), Taekwondo Techniques & Tactics, Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense (Kevin Hornsey).
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