Maidstone Taekwondo (ME14): If you have been looking around Maidstone for some ideas for a new hobby, you might want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will enable you to enhance your self-esteem, boost your confidence, learn a bit of self-defence and strengthen your mind and body. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Taekwondo is generally a lot more demanding physically than for example Tai Chi, so unless you are pretty fit and agile you might prefer to find something a little gentler to improve your fitness in Maidstone. Younger children are certainly the perfect participants for Taekwondo classes in Maidstone, with lots of fast movements going on and plenty of high kicking.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular head kicks, fast kicking strategies and spinning/jumping kicks. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists founded schools called "kwans", which blended various martial arts techniques.
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.
The thing about Taekwondo that appears to most appeal to people in Maidstone is the self-defence element of it. This isn't hard to believe when you think about the high levels of violence experienced in city and town centres day after day. Being able to defend yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Maidstone Taekwondo Lesson: If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you'll be curious as to what will happen. This will vary from class to class but will usually involve all or most of the following. An initial warm up lasting 15 to 20 minutes, a little technical training including learning some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocking techniques, a look at some forms, some tips on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.
Taekwondo - The Benefits: When signing up for Taekwondo classes in Maidstone 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. Improve your self-esteem by intensifying both physical and mental health, Augment stamina, flexibility and agility through intense cardiovascular effort, Grow in confidence by helping you to take control of your life and succeed, Better discipline and willpower by thoroughly educating your body and mind in the concepts and techniques of Taekwondo, Toughen up your mind and body by means of enhanced mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Teach self-defence by helping you recognise situations where self-defence could be required, and allowing you to control these kinds of circumstances to your advantage, Lower stress with controlled breathing.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse): Mastering Taekwondo will involve learning many disciplines and one of the key parts of Taekwondo is its forms (also called Poomse or patterns). These are sequences of direction, technique and stance which need to be memorized in order for pupils to progress through the various dans (belts/grades).
Taekwondo Belts: In Taekwondo there is really no standardization when it comes to belts and ranking. It all depends on which style you are looking at, since there are so many different Taekwondo styles. They are however usually divided into two groups "junior" or "colour" belts and "senior" or "black" belts. The junior/colour ranks range from white to red, with anything from 8 to 12 ranks, while the senior/black belts usually have 9 ranks.
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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 make new friends, meet different people and improve your fitness, 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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