Wakefield Taekwondo (WF1): 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 learn a bit of self-defence, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect and build your confidence, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Wakefield 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.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools known as "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking methods, jumping/spinning kicks and head-height kicks.
Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over 60 million followers worldwide, and while you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games athlete, you can still join a Taekwondo club or class to learn what will no doubt turn out to be a fascinating and rewarding activity.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Wakefield are taking up self-defence classes like Taekwondo to help them feel safer in their local environment. The self-defence aspect is one of the key factors of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for other people, which are disciplines that are largely missing in modern day life.
Your First Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first lesson. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
The Popular Taekwondo Kicks: Kicks play a key role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a small selection of the more basic ones: Crescent Kick, Push Kick, Side Kick, Axe Kick, Hook or Whip Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Back Kick, Front Kick.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the UK is British Taekwondo and anyone wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Wakefield must also become a member of British Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Forms: Forms are a key element of Taekwondo and are essential if you are to master this fascinating martial art. Some basic forms must be learned at the beginning and more complex forms must be mastered in order to progress through the various belts. A Taekwondo form is characterized by various aspects such as technique, direction and stance.
Safety Equipment: Safety gear such as red or blue trunk armour (hogu), forearm protectors, a mouth guard, a groin guard, hand guards, shin guards and a blue or red head protector are used in all matches overseen by British Taekwondo. Protection from injury is necessary because of the powerful kicks that are part and parcel of this sport.
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