Leicester Taekwondo (LE1): 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 boost your confidence, learn some useful self-defence techniques, strengthen your body and mind and enhance your self-esteem, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
Taekwondo is an ideal sport for children in Leicester, because it advocates self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical elements make it more appropriate for younger people. Older adults who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too taxing. People in Leicester who take up Taekwondo when they are young find it simple to continue when they get older. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools known as "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, especially turning/jumping kicks, head kicks and rapid kicking techniques.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Leicester and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Leicester 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.
While there is much to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the self-defence aspect that most Leicester people are interested in. You should not be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your First Leicester Taekwondo Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Leicester, 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 Leicester 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.
Leicester Taekwondo classes are not just suitable for people in Leicester itself but also for followers from Dane Hills, Wigston, Aylestone, Spinney Hills, Clarendon Park, Birstall and Thurmarston, Evington, Oadby, Anstey, Knighton, Humberstone, Belgrave, Beaumont Leys, Groby, Enderby, Mountsorrel and other nearby places.
The UK governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you wish to sign up to Taekwondo club in Leicester, you will also be required to register with this respected organization.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: When signing up for Taekwondo classes in Leicester 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. Reduced anxiety and stress using advanced breath control, Increase concentration and self-esteem by elevating both mental and physical powers, Build up confidence by motivating you to succeed and to take control of your life, Increase flexibility, agility and stamina by way of extreme cardiovascular work-outs, Better discipline and willpower by comprehensively educating your body and mind in the tactics and concepts of Taekwondo, Help with self-defence techniques by helping you to identify circumstances in which self-defence might be required, and allowing you to turn these scenarios to your advantage, Empower your body and mind thru enhanced mental discipline and physical co-ordination.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Beginners in Taekwondo do not need to worry too much about forms (Poomse, patterns) at the outset but they will learn some basic ones to start with and progress to more complex forms as they move up the belts (grades/dans). A form is signified by certain aspects of Taekwondo including direction, technique and stance. Learning these sequences is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Belts (Ranking): The belt and ranking system can get rather confusing in Taekwondo because there is no standard system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though and typically there are two distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior group varies across the styles but is commonly between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior group normally has 9 belts or dans.
Taekwondo Competitions: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates patterns, breaking and sparring, in the Olympics only sparring is involved. That being said there may also be some special events in certain tournaments such as self-defence and team demonstrations. WT (World Taekwondo) competitions are purely soft-contact affairs, while ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) competitions allow some hand attacks to the head. There are also some multi-discipline competitions.
Beginners Taekwondo Leicester: Students starting out on their Taekwondo adventure in Leicester will at first sign up for a beginners class. Beginners classes are great, because there is no pressure and everything is done at a slow, relaxed pace. Learning and having fun are the main aims in the beginning and students who are having fun tend to learn much faster and absorb more of what they are being taught. Even Taekwondo masters started out as clueless novices, so take that first step and who knows where you will end up!
Conclusion: We can pretty much guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you will gain self-confidence, make more friends and improve your fitness. If that is all you get out of it, then all well and good, you can call it a success! We aren't all striving to be Jade Jones's or Lutalo Muhammad's, but those of you who are need to start with the first step. Good luck on your journey!
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