Waterlooville Taekwondo (PO7): 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 enhance your self-esteem, learn some valuable self-defence techniques, boost your confidence and strengthen your body and mind, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Waterlooville and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults may find it somewhat too demanding unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Waterlooville at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular fast kicking techniques, head-height kicks and turning/jumping kicks. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists founded schools called "kwans", which blended various martial arts techniques.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
For the people of Waterlooville 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 Waterlooville Taekwondo class seems to be a no brainer.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you haven't attempted Taekwondo before, you might be intrigued to know exactly what is likely to occur on your first lesson. The following will give you an overview, but this will vary from school to school. A 15 to 20 minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen your muscles, a bit of technical training comprising some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocking techniques, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), a few tips on sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
Everybody who's a member of a Taekwondo club in Waterlooville or any place else in the United Kingdom, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.
Taekwondo Patterns (Forms): Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as stance, technique and direction. From the outset you will learn some of the basic forms, and in order to progress through the grades (belts) you will need to learn some more advanced ones.
Waterlooville 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 Waterlooville 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.
Summary: We can pretty much guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you will make new friends, gain self-confidence and improve your fitness. 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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