Bingley Taekwondo (BD16): If you would like to enhance your self-respect, build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body and learn a bit of self-defence, an ideal sport to take up is Taekwondo. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this more modern martial art has grown in popularity.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Bingley. 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.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts set up some new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a mixture of martial arts techniques. The main focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, in particular spinning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Bingley Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over 60 million followers worldwide, and while you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games athlete, you can still join a Taekwondo club or class to learn what will no doubt turn out to be a fascinating and rewarding activity.
For many people in Bingley, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have booked your first class but have not done Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to prepare for. There might be variations to the following, depending on which Bingley Taekwondo school you go to, but you can pretty much expect; A warm up of 15-20 minutes to loosen stiff muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training including learning some stances, hand attacks, kicks and blocks, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and finally a warm down to stretch muscles and loosen up.
Bingley Taekwondo classes are not solely for the people of Bingley itself but also for devotees from Cullingworth, Eldwick, Cottingley, Gilstead, Sandbeds, Crossflatts, Keighley, Willsden, Hainworth Shaw, Hawksworth, Harden, Ferncliffe, Baildon, Allerton, Shipley, Priestthorpe and other nearby places.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the UK is British Taekwondo and any person wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Bingley must also become a member of British Taekwondo.
Taekwondo 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 breaking, patterns (forms) and sparring. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and WT tournaments, while some hand attacks are tolerated in ITF events.
: Keighley Taekwondo, Sandbeds Taekwondo, Shipley Taekwondo, Allerton Taekwondo, Priestthorpe Taekwondo, Willsden Taekwondo, Hawksworth Taekwondo, Harden Taekwondo, Cottingley Taekwondo, Ferncliffe Taekwondo, Eldwick Taekwondo, Gilstead Taekwondo, Cullingworth Taekwondo, Hainworth Shaw Taekwondo, Baildon Taekwondo, Crossflatts and more West Yorkshire Taekwondo clubs.
Taekwondo near BD16 district.