Batley Taekwondo (WF17): If you would like to boost your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-respect and learn a bit of self-defence, an ideal sport to get involved in is Taekwondo. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Taekwondo is generally a lot more demanding physically than for example Tai Chi, so unless you are pretty fit and agile you might prefer to find something a little gentler to improve your fitness in Batley. Younger children are certainly the perfect participants for Taekwondo classes in Batley, with lots of fast movements going on and plenty of high kicking.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like turning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and fast kicking strategies, 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.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Batley and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Batley Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Batley 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 West 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 Batley nowadays.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first class. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
Taekwondo - The Benefits: There are of course many benefits to be had from doing Taekwondo and here are just a few that may be of interest to you: Greater discipline by methodically schooling your body and mind in the principles and tactics of Taekwondo, Augment stamina, flexibility and agility by means of intense cardiovascular effort, Reduced stress with controlled breathing, Empower your body and mind thru increased physical coordination and mental discipline, Increase self-esteem by sharpening both physical and mental fitness, Help with self-defence by training you to realize scenarios in which self-defence may be required, and allowing you to control such scenarios in your favour, Build up your confidence by motivating you to succeed and to seize control of your life.
Taekwondo Belts: The belt and ranking system can get rather confusing in Taekwondo because there is no standard system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though and typically there are two distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior group varies across the styles but is commonly between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior group normally has 9 belts or dans.
Tournaments: Competitions are an important part of the overall Taekwondo experience and all of the different styles all over the world hold tournaments where Taekwondo masters come together to compete. Hard contact is rarely allowed in any of these competitions which mainly incorporate patterns (forms), sparring and breaking. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and WT tournaments, while some hand attacks are tolerated in ITF events.
Batley Taekwondo for Beginners: Students starting out on their Taekwondo adventure in Batley 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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