Newbury Taekwondo (RG14): 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 to defend yourself, enhance your self-respect and strengthen your body and mind, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Newbury and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. It can sometimes be too taxing for older adults unless they are exceptionally fit and active. Carrying their Taekwondo experience through into older adulthood should not however be a problem for those who start when they are younger. Tai Chi or something similarly softer might be more suitab le for the less agile of you.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like head kicks, jumping/turning kicks and rapid kicking methods, Taekwondo was formulated from the techniques of different martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools called "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Songmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan.
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.
Of all the numerous benefits of doing this sport, it's the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Newbury consider most alluring. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's town centres. Being able to defend yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by exercising self-restraint and respecting others.
Your First Taekwondo Class: 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 Newbury school you go to, but will usually involve the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce stiffness in the muscles, a little technical training which will involve learning some blocks, stances, kicks and hand attacks, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), some ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
Taekwondo Kicks: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks that you will learn initially include: Roundhouse Kick, Hook or Whip Kick, Axe Kick, Push Kick, Front Kick, Crescent Kick, Side Kick, Back Kick.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): 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 direction, technique and stance.
Beginners Taekwondo Newbury: It doesn't matter who you are or what you're capable of in Taekwondo, at one stage you were a total novice, knowing nothing and fearing failure. We have all started at that point and can only learn and improve with practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in Newbury are the place to start that learning process and to pick up the basics so that you can gain confidence and move forward in your Taekwondo adventure. Most beginner classes are set up to be fun and friendly, offering a slow introduction to the basic Taekwondo principles and building a solid foundation for the future.
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