Taunton Taekwondo (TA1): 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 bolster your self-esteem, learn some useful self-defence techniques, boost your confidence and strengthen your mind and body, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Taunton. 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, head-height kicks and jumping/turning kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
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.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Taunton join classes and take up the sport. There has been a worrying increase in violent behaviour in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres around Somerset and the UK in general. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and respect for others, not such common qualities in Taunton nowadays.
Your First Taunton Taekwondo Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Taunton, the first thing you will want to know is what will happen on the first lesson and what will the tutor be expecting of you. Different Taekwondo masters in Taunton will compile differing routines for this initial lesson but you can expect to do a 15 minute warm-up to get the blood flowing and loosen your muscles, learn a few forms (Poomse), cover some technical training (stances, kicks, blocks), do a bit of sparring, and lastly warm-down.
Taekwondo Kicks: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi).
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 technique, stance and direction. Learning these sequences is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Beginners Classes: Even the very best exponents of Taekwondo in Taunton 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.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: In all matches, events and competitions being staged under the auspices of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as shin protectors, a groin guard, a red or blue body guard (hogu), a red or blue head guard, a mouth protector, forearm protectors and hand protectors is mandatory. The kicking tactics used in Taekwondo can cause injury and this all helps to make the sport safer for its competitors.
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Conclusion: We cannot all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I guess that we wouldn't all want to be. Taekwondo isn't just about Olympic titles and National Championships. Most of us are happy to improve our levels of fitness, meet different people and make new friends, and that is how it should be. However, as with most things in life, what you get out of it will depend on what you put into it. Good luck! 👊
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