Sunderland Taekwondo (SR1): 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 build your confidence, bolster your self-respect, learn some self-defence moves and strengthen your body and mind, 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 Sunderland. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it particularly good for children. Older adults may find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. Carrying their Taekwondo experience through into older adulthood should not however be a problem for those who start when they are younger. If you consider yourself among the less agile, you could try something like Tai Chi which is much softer.
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 head kicks, rapid kicking methods and jumping/spinning kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Sunderland and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Sunderland 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.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most appeal to people in Sunderland is the self-defence aspect of it. And its no surprise that this sits prominently on people's list of priorities when you consider the ever rising levels of violence seen these days in town centres throughout the United Kingdom. The ability to defend yourself while still exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the key principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Sunderland Taekwondo Class: Different Taekwondo clubs in Sunderland 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.
Sunderland Taekwondo classes are not only intended for the people of Sunderland itself but also for followers from Tunstall, Springwell, Washington, Southwick, Roker, Ryhope, Fulwell, Monkwearmouth, Silksworth, East Herrington, Cleadon, Hendon, East Boldon, Castletown, Wearside, Whitburn, Burdon and other surrounding areas.
The Benefits of Taekwondo: You will probably be interested to learn about exactly what sort of benefits might be gained by attending Sunderland Taekwondo classes and participating fully in its activities. You can expect to: More self-discipline by comprehensively schooling your body and mind in the concepts and techniques of Taekwondo, Build up confidence by motivating you to seize control of your life and succeed, Lessen stress using advanced breath control, Empower your body and mind through accelerated physical coordination and mental discipline, Turbocharge stamina, agility and flexibility by means of intense cardiovascular work-outs, Enhance self-esteem and concentration by heightening your physical and mental powers, Teach self-defence by showing you how to understand scenarios where self-defence could be required, and allowing you to control these kinds of situations in your favour.
Taekwondo Patterns (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.
Summary: So, what do you want from Taekwondo? Well that is a good question, and the answer will vary for different people. Most participants will simply wish to improve their fitness, meet new people and gain more self-confidence. We're not all going to reach the dizzy heights of Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, although maybe you will, who knows?
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