Mansfield Taekwondo (NG18): If you are looking for ways to learn self-defence, strengthen your body and mind, build your confidence and bolster your self-respect, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Mansfield and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults may find it somewhat too demanding unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Mansfield at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
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 head-height kicks, jumping/spinning kicks and fast kicking techniques. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
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.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Mansfield are taking up self-defence classes like Taekwondo to help them feel safer in their local environment. The self-defence aspect is one of the key factors of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for other people, which are disciplines that are largely missing in modern day life.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have booked your first lesson but have never done Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. This may vary depending on which Mansfield school you go to, but will usually involve the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, a bit of technical training comprising some stances, blocks, hand attacks and kicks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo has pretty much the largest variety of kicks in all the martial arts. Here are some: Side Kick, Axe Kick, Front Kick, Push Kick, Crescent Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Back Kick, Whip or Hook Kick.
Taekwondo Patterns (Forms): Forms are a key element of Taekwondo and are essential if you are to master this fascinating martial art. Some basic forms must be learned at the beginning and more complex forms must be mastered in order to progress through the various belts. A Taekwondo form is characterized by various aspects such as technique, direction and stance.
Taekwondo Tournaments and Competitions: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve breaking, patterns (forms) and sparring with very little hard contact. International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) competitions don't allow excessive contact but do allow hand attacks to the head. World Taekwondo (WT) and Olympic competitions allow only sparring. Multi-style competitions also take place.
Taekwondo 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: blue or red body armour (hogu), forearm guards, shin guards, a mouth protector, a blue/red head guard, a groin guard and hand guards.
Conclusion: So, what do you want from Taekwondo? Well that is a good question, and the answer will vary for different people. Most participants will simply wish to meet new people, improve their fitness levels and gain more confidence. We're not all going to reach the dizzy heights of Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, although maybe you will, who knows?
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