Watford Taekwondo (WD17): 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 boost your confidence, learn some self-defence moves, bolster your self-respect and strengthen your body and mind, 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 Watford. 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.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular head kicks, fast kicking methods and jumping/turning 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.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Watford and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Taekwondo club or class in Watford is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. While the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this thrilling martial art.
People in Watford take up Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence aspect that appeals to most. This is not hard to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence experienced in town and city centres on a daily basis. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
These self-defence techniques may at some point come in handy in the outside world, although it is more likely that you will only be using them within a monitored class environment. However it's a nice feeling knowing that you can always defend yourself if you need to.
Your First Lesson: If you have never done Taekwondo before, you may be curious to know what is going to happen on your first lesson. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Watford follow a similar pattern, but there may be variations to the following. A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce any stiffness in the muscles, a bit of technical training covering some hand attacks, blocks, stances and kicks, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and to finish off a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent cramping and spasms.
Watford Taekwondo classes aren't simply for folks in Watford but also for students from South Oxhey, Aldenham, Northwood, Garston, Pinner Green, Eastbury, Bushey Heath, Batchworth, Northwood Hills, Bushey, Rickmansworth, Letchmore Heath, Elstree, Oxhey, Pinner, Croxley Green and other surrounding locations.
Taekwondo Forms: Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as direction, stance and technique. 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.
Competitions: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates sparring, patterns and breaking, in the Olympics only sparring is involved. That being said there may also be some special events in certain tournaments such as self-defence and team demonstrations. WT (World Taekwondo) competitions are purely soft-contact affairs, while ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) competitions allow some hand attacks to the head. There are also some multi-discipline competitions.
Beginners Taekwondo Watford: With any sport or activity we have to start somewhere, and Taekwondo is no different. Even the topmost Watford Taekwondo masters were complete novices at one point. So, what can you expect as a complete beginner at Taekwondo? Beginner classes should give its students enough training to teach them the basics and allow them to gain confidence as they progress. The perfect beginners class should be fun as well as educational, when people are having fun they are more engaged and will learn faster.
Safety Equipment: Competitions governed by British Taekwondo rules require various items of protective gear to be used, these include: blue or red trunk armour (hogu), a mouth guard, hand protectors, forearm protectors, a groin protector, a red/blue head guard and shin protectors. This is important because of the powerful kicking attacks being employed.
: Batchworth Taekwondo, South Oxhey Taekwondo, Pinner Green Taekwondo, Aldenham Taekwondo, Northwood Taekwondo, Pinner Taekwondo, Bushey Taekwondo, Croxley Green Taekwondo, Northwood Hills Taekwondo, Oxhey Taekwondo, Elstree Taekwondo, Eastbury Taekwondo, Letchmore Heath Taekwondo, Bushey Heath Taekwondo, Rickmansworth Taekwondo, Garston and more Taekwondo in Hertfordshire.
Taekwondo in WD17 region.