Weymouth Taekwondo (DT3): 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 enhance your self-respect, learn a bit of self-defence, strengthen your body and mind and build your confidence, 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 Weymouth. 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.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like fast kicking styles, jumping/turning kicks and head-height kicks, Taekwondo was formulated from the techniques of different martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools called "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Songmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan.
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 many people in Weymouth, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that is the most appealing. You should not be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's city and town centres. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main benefits of Taekwondo.
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.
What to Expect From Your First Class: Different Taekwondo clubs in Weymouth 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.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse): 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, direction and stance. Learning these sequences is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
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