Runcorn Taekwondo (WA7): A Korean martial art that was developed during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you would like to build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect and learn some self-defence techniques, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
While in no way intending to be ageist, Taekwondo can be rather physical and is generally more appropriate for younger people in Runcorn, it's particularly good for children who will learn to be self-disciplined and respecting of others. It can sometimes be too challenging for seniors except if they are exceptionally active and fit. Carrying their Taekwondo adventure through into older adulthood should not however be an issue for those who start when they are younger. The less nimble of you may find that Tai Chi which is a bit less demanding, is more to your liking.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like jumping/turning kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles, 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.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Runcorn and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Runcorn 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.
It seems to be the case that the most interesting element of Taekwondo is self-defence. And in these days of ever increasing violence, especially in town and city centres, it's no surprise that this sits prominently people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time respect others and exercise self-restraint.
While it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have these self-defence skills in your locker, the chances are that you'll never need to use them outside of an organized Taekwondo class.
Your First Runcorn Taekwondo Class: Different Taekwondo clubs in Runcorn 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.
Taekwondo Kicks: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi).
Tournaments: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates patterns, sparring 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.
Runcorn Taekwondo for Beginners: With any sport or activity we have to start somewhere, and Taekwondo is no different. Even the topmost Runcorn Taekwondo masters were complete novices at one point. So, what can you expect as a complete beginner at Taekwondo? Beginner classes should give its students enough training to teach them the basics and allow them to gain confidence as they progress. The perfect beginners class should be fun as well as educational, when people are having fun they are more engaged and will learn faster.
Safety Equipment: Safety gear such as forearm guards, a blue/red head protector, shin guards, red or blue trunk armour (hogu), a groin guard, a mouth guard and hand protectors 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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