Reigate Taekwondo (RH2): 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 build your confidence, learn to defend yourself better, strengthen your mind and body and enhance your self-esteem, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Reigate 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 Reigate 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 fast kicking strategies, head kicks and turning/jumping kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Since the Sydney Olympic Games in the year 2000, Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport. This has made it even more popular worlwide with some 60 million people actively taking part in classes. And it is by joining a Taekwondo club or class that you can begin your journey of learning this fascinating art.
For many people in Reigate, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your First Lesson: Different Taekwondo clubs in Reigate will have different ideas about what pupils should cover on their first lesson, 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.
Reigate Taekwondo classes aren't only intended for people in Reigate itself but also for martial arts fans from Merstham, Salfords, South Nutfield, Irons Bottom, Mickleham, Lower Kingswood, The Acres, Betchworth, Earlswood, Hooley, Sidlow, Buckland, Beare Green, Leigh, Redhill, Wrays, Horley, South Park and other Surrey locations.
Taekwondo Tournaments: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates sparring, patterns (forms) and breaking, in the Olympics only sparring is involved. That being said there may also be some special events in certain tournaments such as self-defence and team demonstrations. WT (World Taekwondo) competitions are purely soft-contact affairs, while ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) competitions allow some hand attacks to the head. There are also some multi-discipline competitions.
Safety Gear: Safety gear such as forearm guards, a groin protector, shin pads, hand guards, a red/blue head protector, a mouth protector and a red/blue body guard (hogu) are used in all matches overseen by British Taekwondo. Protection from injury is necessary because of the powerful kicks that are part and parcel of this sport.
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