Portsmouth Taekwondo (PO1): If you would like to learn some valuable self-defence techniques, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and boost your confidence, an ideal sport to take up is Taekwondo. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this more modern martial art has grown in popularity.
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 Portsmouth. Younger children are certainly the perfect participants for Taekwondo classes in Portsmouth, with lots of fast movements going on and plenty of high kicking.
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 turning/jumping kicks, fast kicking methods and head-height kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
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.
For the people of Portsmouth who wish to learn a martial art, a top priority is the aspect of self-defence. Since this is a key principle of Taekwondo, it is easy to see the appeal of this particular sport. With the added bonus of learning self-restraint and having a deep respect for others, signing up for a local Portsmouth Taekwondo class seems to be a no brainer.
While its good to know that you're able to defend yourself when you need to, you should be hoping that you never need to do this outside of your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Portsmouth, the first thing you will want to know is what will happen on the first lesson and what will the tutor be expecting of you. Different Taekwondo masters in Portsmouth will compile differing routines for this initial lesson but you can expect to do a 15 minute warm-up to get the blood flowing and loosen your muscles, learn a few forms (Poomse), cover some technical training (stances, kicks, blocks), do a bit of sparring, and lastly warm-down.
The UK governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you want to sign up to Taekwondo club in Portsmouth, you will also be required to register with this respected organization.
The 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: Reduce stress by doing deep breathing exercises, Better discipline and willpower by thoroughly training your body and mind in the tactics and principles of Taekwondo, Supercharge stamina, agility and flexibility by way of intense cardiovascular work-outs, Help with self-defence by helping you realize situations in which self-defence could be needed, and allowing you to manipulate such situations to your advantage, Enhance concentration and self-esteem by intensifying your mental and physical fitness, Beef up your confidence by encouraging you to take control of your life and succeed, Toughen up your mind and body through enhanced mental discipline and physical co-ordination.
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.
Taekwondo Belts (Promotion): The belt and ranking system can get rather confusing in Taekwondo because there is no standard system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though and typically there are two distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior group varies across the styles but is commonly between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior group normally has 9 belts or dans.
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