Southport Taekwondo (PR8): 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 a bit of self-defence, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-esteem and boost your confidence, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Southport 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 sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not coined until the 1950's. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts set up some new schools which they called "kwans", practicing a blend of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mostly entails kicking movements, in particular jumping/spinning kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles. Today Southport Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
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.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally has the most appeal to people in Southport. This is not surprising when you consider the rising levels of violence seen in town and city centres these days. However, exercising self-restraint and a respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
While it is good to practice and master these self-defence techniques in the controlled environment of your local Southport Taekwondo club, with any luck you will never have the need to use them in the world outside.
What to Expect From Your First Class: Different Taekwondo clubs in Southport 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 - The Benefits: The benefits that can be gained by participating in Taekwondo classes in Southport are many and varied, among the most significant are: Improve concentration and self-esteem by heightening both physical and mental fitness, Teach self-defence by helping you identify circumstances in which self-defence might be necessary, and enabling you to control these circumstances to your advantage, Augment agility, flexibility and stamina by way of extreme cardiovascular work-outs, Greater discipline and willpower by comprehensively training your mind and body in the concepts and strategies of Taekwondo, Lower stress and anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises, Toughen up your mind and body thru increased mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Build up your confidence by helping you to take control of your life and succeed.
Taekwondo Forms: Mastering Taekwondo will involve learning many disciplines and one of the key parts of Taekwondo is its forms (also called Poomse or patterns). These are sequences of technique, direction and stance which need to be memorized in order for pupils to progress through the various dans (belts/grades).
Taekwondo Safety Gear: Competitions governed by British Taekwondo rules require various items of protective gear to be used, these include: hand guards, shin guards, a blue/red head protector, a red/blue trunk guard (hogu), forearm guards, a mouth guard and a groin guard. This is important because of the powerful kicking attacks being employed.
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