Southampton Taekwondo (SO14): 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 boost your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and learn some self-defence moves, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Southampton. That is not to say that older people cannot participate in this activity, but simply that there may be other martial arts that are more suited to the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be the perfect example.
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 techniques, jumping/turning kicks and head-height kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Popular all over the world Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners. Joining a local Southampton 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 you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
For the people of Southampton 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 Southampton Taekwondo class seems to be a no brainer.
Your First Southampton Taekwondo Class: Different Taekwondo clubs in Southampton will have different ideas about what pupils should cover on their first class, 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.
The Benefits of Taekwondo: When signing up for Taekwondo classes in Southampton you will be hoping to get some benefits to make the whole thing worthwhile. So let's look at a few of the benefits that you might gain by learning and practicing Taekwondo. Lessen stress and anxiety with controlled breathing, Strengthen your body and mind through accelerated mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Help with self-defence by helping you to recognize instances in which self-defence may be required, and allowing you to turn such circumstances in your favour, Increase stamina, flexibility and agility through extreme cardiovascular effort, Grow in confidence by inspiring you to take control of your life and succeed, Enhance self-esteem by intensifying both physical and mental fitness, Develop discipline by exhaustively educating your mind and body in the concepts and tactics of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo for Beginners: It doesn't matter who you are or what you're capable of in Taekwondo, at one stage you were a total novice, knowing nothing and fearing failure. We have all started at that point and can only learn and improve with practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in Southampton are the place to start that learning process and to pick up the basics so that you can gain confidence and move forward in your Taekwondo adventure. Most beginner classes are set up to be fun and friendly, offering a slow introduction to the basic Taekwondo principles and building a solid foundation for the future.
Taekwondo Safety Gear: In all matches, events and competitions being staged under the auspices of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as shin pads, a groin guard, a blue or red head guard, hand guards, a mouth protector, a blue/red trunk protector (hogu) and forearm protectors is mandatory. The kicking tactics used in Taekwondo can cause injury and this all helps to make the sport safer for its competitors.
In Summary: We can pretty much guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you will improve your wellbeing, gain more confidence and make more friends. If that is all you get out of it, then all well and good, you can call it a success! We aren't all striving to be Jade Jones's or Lutalo Muhammad's, but those of you who are need to start with the first step. Good luck on your journey! 👊
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