Loughborough Taekwondo (LE11): 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 build your confidence, enhance your self-esteem, learn some self-defence moves and strengthen your mind and body, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
While people of all ages in Loughborough can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is particularly suited to the younger generation since it can be quite physically demanding, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Older adults may find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. For those people who take up Taekwondo when they are younger, continuing the experience into adulthood should not be a problem. If you are less agile you could always try something a bit softer such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. This eventually became known as Taekwondo and the main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, fast kicking methods and jumping/turning kicks.Today Loughborough 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.
For the people of Loughborough who wish to learn a martial art, a top priority is the aspect of self-defence. Since this is a key principle of Taekwondo, it is easy to see the appeal of this particular sport. With the added bonus of learning self-restraint and having a deep respect for others, signing up for a local Loughborough Taekwondo class seems to be a no brainer.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first lesson, you will be wondering what will happen. This may vary depending on which Loughborough school you go to, but will usually involve the following. An initial warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, some technical training covering some blocks, kicks, stances and hand attacks, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), some ideas on sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.
Loughborough Taekwondo classes aren't solely for the people of Loughborough but also for enthusiasts from Walton on the Wolds, Burton on the Wolds, Dishley, Shepshed, Normanton on Soar, Shelthorpe, Hathern, Thorpe Acre, Quorn, Long Whatton, Nanpanton, Hoton, Woodhouse, Barrow upon Soar and other surrounding areas.
Taekwondo Belts: 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.
: Dishley Taekwondo, Thorpe Acre Taekwondo, Barrow upon Soar Taekwondo, Walton on the Wolds Taekwondo, Woodhouse Taekwondo, Hoton Taekwondo, Shepshed Taekwondo, Hathern Taekwondo, Normanton on Soar Taekwondo, Burton on the Wolds Taekwondo, Long Whatton Taekwondo, Shelthorpe Taekwondo, Nanpanton Taekwondo, Quorn and more.
Taekwondo in LE11 district.