Basingstoke Taekwondo (RG21): 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-esteem, learn some self-defence techniques, boost your confidence and strengthen your body and mind, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Basingstoke 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.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like spinning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking methods, 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.
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 Basingstoke 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 Hampshire 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 Basingstoke nowadays.
You newly learned Taekwondo skills will likely never need to be put to the test outside of an organized Taekwondo class, however knowing that you have them will give you peace of mind.
Your First Basingstoke Taekwondo Lesson: If you've booked your first lesson but have never tried Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to prepare for. The following will give you an overview, but this could vary from school to school. A 15 to 20 minute warm up to loosen your muscles and increase heart rate, a little technical training comprising some blocking techniques, kicks, stances and hand attacks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to round off a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and anyone wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Basingstoke must also become a member of British Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Belts: In Taekwondo there is really no standardization when it comes to belts and ranking. It all depends on which style you are looking at, since there are so many different Taekwondo styles. They are however usually divided into two groups "junior" or "colour" belts and "senior" or "black" belts. The junior/colour ranks range from white to red, with anything from 8 to 12 ranks, while the senior/black belts usually have 9 ranks.
Taekwondo Tournaments and Competitions: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve sparring, breaking and patterns (forms) with very little hard contact. International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) competitions don't allow excessive contact but do allow hand attacks to the head. World Taekwondo (WT) and Olympic competitions allow only sparring. Multi-style competitions also take place.
Taekwondo Beginners Classes: Students starting out on their Taekwondo adventure in Basingstoke will at first sign up for a beginners class. Beginners classes are great, because there is no pressure and everything is done at a slow, relaxed pace. Learning and having fun are the main aims in the beginning and students who are having fun tend to learn much faster and absorb more of what they are being taught. Even Taekwondo masters started out as clueless novices, so take that first step and who knows where you will end up!
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