Oxford Taekwondo (OX1): If you've been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to build your confidence, learn a bit of self-defence, strengthen your body and mind and enhance your self-respect, Taekwondo could be perfect for you. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since its development during the nineteen forties.
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 Oxford. Younger children are certainly the perfect participants for Taekwondo classes in Oxford, with lots of fast movements going on and plenty of high kicking.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. Some schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees, mixing a number of various martial arts techniques. The emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, rapid kicking techniques and turning/jumping kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, roughly meaning "the way of the foot and fist". These days Oxford Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Oxford 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 Lesson: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first lesson should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Oxford have different ideas about this but roughly; you will take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do a bit of technical training, you will learn some forms, you will practice sparring techniques and finally you will warm-down to get your body back into a state of relaxation.
Taekwondo Kicks: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi).
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: There are of course many benefits to be had from doing Taekwondo and here are just a few that may be of interest to you: Reduced stress and anxiety using advanced breath control, Empower your mind and body thru improved mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Turbocharge agility, stamina and flexibility through intensive cardiovascular work-outs, Enhance your self-esteem by raising both mental and physical health, Teach you self-defence by helping you recognise scenarios where self-defence could be necessary, and enabling you to turn these situations in your favour, Beef up your confidence by pushing you to take control of your life and succeed, Better discipline by thoroughly educating your mind and body in the concepts and tactics of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Patterns (Forms): Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as stance, technique and direction. From the outset you will learn some of the basic forms, and in order to progress through the grades (belts) you will need to learn some more advanced ones.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank): With there being various different styles of Taekwondo there has never been any standard system for allocating belts (promotion). What does exist is however fairly similar and consists of two belt groups "junior" and "senior" ("colour" and "black"), each of these groups are divided into ranks, 8 to 12 colours for juniors and 9 for seniors.
Oxford Taekwondo for Beginners: Students starting out on their Taekwondo adventure in Oxford 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!
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