Taekwondo Richmond upon Thames
Richmond upon Thames Taekwondo (KT2): 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 learn to defend yourself better, strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-respect and boost your confidence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Richmond upon Thames 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.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the discipline started life in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts fanatics established some new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a combination of martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the emphasis is on kicking, especially rapid kicking strategies, head kicks and spinning/jumping kicks.Today Richmond upon Thames Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo practitioners worldwide, now exceeds 60 million. Joining a local Richmond upon Thames Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. While the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this thrilling martial art.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Richmond upon Thames join classes and take up the sport. There has been a worrying increase in violent behaviour in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres around Greater London and the UK in general. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and respect for others, not such common qualities in Richmond upon Thames nowadays.
Your First Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Richmond upon Thames, 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 Richmond upon Thames 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 8 Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks you will learn initially include: Side Kick, Front Kick, Back Kick, Whip or Hook Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Crescent Kick, Push Kick, Axe Kick.
Richmond upon Thames Taekwondo classes can generally offer you Taekwondo sparring, Taekwondo etiquette, Taekwondo for adults, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo tuition, Taekwondo for toddlers, Taekwondo for senior citizens, Taekwondo for self-defence, Taekwondo forms, Taekwondo for the disabled and other in Richmond upon Thames, .
Conclusion: 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 improve our levels of fitness, make new friends and meet different people, 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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