Bewdley Taekwondo (DY12): Introduced in the nineteen forties in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art which has grown in popularity in the last 20 years or so. Recognized as a way to build your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-esteem and learn some self-defence moves, it has been taken up by many millions of individuals around the world.
It needs to be said that Taekwondo can be fairly demanding physically, which could intimidate the older and less nimble people in Bewdley from becoming involved. To be truthful, the most frequent people participating in Taekwondo classes are kids and younger people, but certainly older people who're in good physical condition can easily participate and benefit considerably from this sport.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently formulated of the martial arts, with its root beginnings in Korea, South-East Asia in 1945. A number of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some schools known as "kwans", incorporating a number of martial arts practices. Taekwondo, which was ultimately called, primarily involves high-kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/spinning kicks, fast kicking strategies and head-height kicks.
Taekwondo has become extremely popular in Bewdley and all around the world, with more than 60 million practitioners worldwide. Getting started with a local Bewdley Taekwondo class or club is an excellent way to get involved with this activity which has even been a feature of the Olympic Games ever since the Sydney Games in 2000. Although you might not aspire to Olympic competition, there's no reason why you cannot become a maestro of this challenging martial art and have some fun in the process.
In these times of escalating violence, it is no surprise that folks in locations like Bewdley are taking up self-defence training such as Taekwondo to help them to feel safer in their everyday life. The self-defence element is one of the primary factors of Taekwondo but it also encourages self-restraint and a deep respect for others around us, which are disciplines that are often missing in this modern age.
Though you will spend a lot of time learning these essential self-defence skills, with luck you won't ever need to apply them apart from within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson
Different Taekwondo schools in Bewdley will have different ideas about what pupils should be covering on their very first lesson, but to give you a concept of what to expect most initial Taekwondo classes will include things like a warm-up, a bit of sparring, learning basic Poomse (forms), a brief introduction to hand attacks, kicks, blocking techniques and stances (technical training) and a warm-down to relax weary muscles and return the body to a state of equilibrium.
British Taekwondo is the official governing body of the sport within Great Britain, and membership of this organization is mandatory if you want to join any Taekwondo class in Bewdley or nearby. You can get lots of details about clubs and members, coaching courses, beginning a new club, safe practices, first aid, coaches and tournament referees, events, news, equality and safeguarding, and more, by visiting the official British Taekwondo website.
There are a lot of different kicking techniques that are used in Taekwondo. The following are a few of the most widely used: Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi). Taekwondo Blocks: To repulse the various kicks and hand attacks there are an equally diverse selection of blocks (Makgi). Held in specific positions, they involve the hands and parts of the arm. Every "block" can be merged with a punch or kick to create a counter-attacking manoeuvre, and each one is meant for a certain type of attack. The most used "blocks" include: Palm Block, Upper Block, Rising Block, Knife Hand Block, Double Forearm Block, Nine Block, Single Forearm Block, Double Knife Hand Block and Low Block.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns)
Beginners in Taekwondo do not have to stress excessively about forms (Poomse, patterns) in the early days, however they will have to get to grips with some important ones to start with and move on to more difficult "forms" as they move up the belts (grades/dans). A form is signified by specific areas of Taekwondo including direction, stance and technique. Learning such sequences is a vital part of mastering Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank)
With there being various styles of Taekwondo there has never been any recognised arrangement for assigning belts (ranks). What does exist is however pretty similar and involves a couple of belt groups "senior" and "junior" (black and colour), each one of these groupings is divided into grades, 8 to 12 colours for juniors and 9 for the seniors.
Tournaments are a significant part of the Taekwondo experience, and all the various styles around the world hold competitions where Taekwondo masters get together to battle it out. Hard contact is hardly ever permitted in any of these tournaments which mostly incorporate sparring, patterns (forms) and breaking. Sparring only is permitted in Olympic and WT (World Taekwondo) tournaments, while certain hand attacks are tolerated in International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) events.
Main Benefits of Taekwondo
- Improve self-esteem and concentration by heightening both physical and mental powers
- Grow in confidence by encouraging you to succeed and to take control of your life
- Empower your body and mind by means of increased mental discipline and physical co-ordination
- Learn self-defence by training you to understand circumstances in which self-defence might be required, and allowing you to control such circumstances in your favour
- More discipline and willpower by methodically training your body and mind in the strategies and principles of Taekwondo
- Lower stress by doing deep breathing exercises
- Augment flexibility, stamina and agility through intense cardiovascular work-outs
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Bibliography: Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique by Marc Tedeschi, Official Taekwondo Training Manual, Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History and Philosophy (Doug Cook), ITF Taekwondo: Basic Information and Korean for Belt Gradings by Keith McMullen, Taekwondo White to Black Belt: Your Ultimate Grading and Reference Summary by Phil Pearce, TAEKWON-DO: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015), A Killing Art: The Story of Tae Kwon Do.
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