Paignton Taekwondo (TQ3): Developed during the 1940's in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art that has grown in popularity in recent years. Renowned as a way to learn some useful self-defence techniques, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect and boost your confidence, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Paignton from taking this up. To be fair, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical health can easily take part and get benefits from this activity.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like spinning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking techniques, 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.
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 Paignton 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.
With a bit of luck you will not ever need to use your newly acquired Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, however it is great to know it's there if you need it.
Your First Taekwondo Class: Different Taekwondo clubs in Paignton will have different ideas about what pupils should cover on their first class, but to give you an idea of what to expect most first Taekwondo lessons will include a warm-up, some sparring, learning Poomse (forms), an introduction to blocks, kicks, hand attacks and stances (technical training) and a warm-down to stretch tired muscles and return the body to a state of equilibrium.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo has pretty much the largest variety of kicks in all the martial arts. Here are some: Axe Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Whip or Hook Kick, Back Kick, Side Kick, Front Kick, Crescent Kick, Push Kick.
Taekwondo Patterns (Forms): Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as technique, direction and stance. 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.
Summary: We cannot all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I guess that we wouldn't all want to be. Taekwondo isn't just about Olympic titles and National Championships. Most of us are happy to make new friends, meet different people and improve our fitness, and that is how it should be. However, as with most things in life, what you get out of it will depend on what you put into it. Good luck! 👊
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Taekwondo in TQ3 district.