Sale Taekwondo (M33): 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 valuable self-defence techniques, enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and boost your confidence, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
Taekwondo is quite physically demanding, which means it may be considered more suitable for the younger rather than the older generation in Sale. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it particularly good for children. It could prove too taxing for some older adults, but shouldn't be a problem for those who are already fit and active. People in Sale who take up Taekwondo when they are young find it easy to continue when they get older. Something a bit softer like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular rapid kicking strategies, head kicks and jumping/spinning kicks. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists founded schools called "kwans", which blended various martial arts techniques.
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.
People in Sale take up Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence aspect that appeals to most. You should not be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. Learning to defend yourself while at the same time applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
Your First Sale Taekwondo Class: If you have booked your first class but have never done Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training comprising some blocking techniques, stances, hand attacks and kicks, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a few tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
The United Kingdom governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you would like to sign up to Taekwondo club in Sale, you'll also be required to register with this organization.
Taekwondo - The Benefits: You will probably be interested to learn about exactly what sort of benefits might be gained by attending Sale Taekwondo classes and participating fully in its activities. You can expect to: Reduce anxiety and stress with controlled breathing, Improve self-esteem and concentration by heightening both mental and physical fitness, Increase stamina, agility and flexibility through strenuous cardiovascular effort, Develop self-discipline by extensively educating your mind and body in the concepts and techniques of Taekwondo, Build up your confidence by inspiring you to succeed and to take control of your life, Strengthen your body and mind by means of enhanced physical coordination and mental discipline, Learn self-defence techniques by helping you to identify instances in which self-defence could be needed, and allowing you to manipulate these kinds of situations in your favour.
Taekwondo Forms: Beginners in Taekwondo do not need to worry too much about forms (Poomse, patterns) at the outset but they will learn some basic ones to start with and progress to more complex forms as they move up the belts (grades/dans). A form is signified by certain aspects of Taekwondo including stance, direction and technique. Learning these sequences is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Belts: With there being various different styles of Taekwondo there has never been any standard system for allocating belts (promotion). What does exist is however fairly similar and consists of two belt groups "junior" and "senior" ("colour" and "black"), each of these groups are divided into ranks, 8 to 12 colours for juniors and 9 for seniors.
Taekwondo Tournaments: Competitions are an important part of the overall Taekwondo experience and all of the different styles all over the world hold tournaments where Taekwondo masters come together to compete. Hard contact is rarely allowed in any of these competitions which mainly incorporate patterns (forms), sparring and breaking. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and WT tournaments, while some hand attacks are tolerated in ITF events.
Taekwondo for Beginners: Even the very best exponents of Taekwondo in Sale had to start as novices, so it is no shame to be a complete beginner at Taekwondo, or any other activity for that matter. The aim of a Taekwondo beginners class is to teach a few basics, increase confidence and build a solid foundation for the future. Most important of all is that it should be fun, students having fun will learn quicker and be better engaged.
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