York Taekwondo (YO1): 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 bolster your self-respect, learn a bit of self-defence, build your confidence and strengthen your mind and body, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
While not wanting to deter any particular age group, it should be said that Taekwondo is more suitable for younger people in York, being quite physically demanding. Its encouragement of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. Older adults might find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly active and fit. However people in York who get involved in Taekwondo at an early age, will find that continuing into older adulthood is not difficult. If you consider yourself among the less nimble, you could try something like Tai Chi which is much less demanding.
Taekwondo originated in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts devotees founded some exciting new schools which they called "kwans", practicing a blend of martial arts techniques. Kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking techniques, jumping/spinning kicks and head kicks are the primary emphasis of Taekwondo, as it later became known. Nowadays York Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
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 York 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 North Yorkshire 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 York nowadays.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you'll be wondering what to expect. This may vary depending on which York school you attend, but will normally involve the following. A 15 to 20 minute warm up, some technical training such as learning some blocking techniques, stances, kicks and hand attacks, learning some forms (or Poomse), some tips on sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and last but not least a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up to prevent spasms and cramping.
York Taekwondo classes aren't just for the people of York but also for students from Fulford, The Rise, New Earswick, Acomb, Holgate, Layerthorpe, Heslington, Murton, Rawcliffe, Nunthorpe, Bootham, Huntington, Clifton, Hewarth, Osbaldwick, South Bank and other North Yorkshire locations.
The United Kingdom governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you want to sign up to Taekwondo club in York, you'll also be required to register with this organization.
Taekwondo Safety Gear: Competitions governed by British Taekwondo rules require various items of protective gear to be used, these include: shin guards, a mouth guard, hand protectors, a groin guard, blue/red trunk armour, forearm protectors and a red/blue head protector. This is important because of the powerful kicking attacks being employed.
: Bootham Taekwondo, Rawcliffe Taekwondo, Murton Taekwondo, Huntington Taekwondo, Heslington Taekwondo, Layerthorpe Taekwondo, Osbaldwick Taekwondo, Fulford Taekwondo, Acomb Taekwondo, Nunthorpe Taekwondo, New Earswick Taekwondo, Holgate Taekwondo, South Bank Taekwondo, Hewarth Taekwondo, Clifton Taekwondo, The Rise and more North Yorkshire Taekwondo schools.
Taekwondo YO1 district.