Bournemouth Taekwondo (BH1): 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 valuable self-defence techniques, boost your confidence and strengthen your body and mind, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Bournemouth and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too taxing. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Bournemouth, started when they were younger. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like rapid kicking styles, head-height kicks and jumping/spinning kicks, 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.
Popular all over the world Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a go, joining a local Bournemouth Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved. While the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this thrilling martial art.
For the people of Bournemouth who wish to learn a martial art, a top priority is the aspect of self-defence. Since this is a key principle of Taekwondo, it is easy to see the appeal of this particular sport. With the added bonus of learning self-restraint and having a deep respect for others, signing up for a local Bournemouth Taekwondo class seems to be a no brainer.
Your First Bournemouth Taekwondo Lesson: If you haven't attempted Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first class. The following will give you a good idea, but this may vary from school to school. A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to increase heart rate and loosen the muscles, some technical training including learning some blocks, kicks, stances and hand attacks, learning your first forms or patterns, some ideas on sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down to loosen up and stretch muscles.
Taekwondo - The Benefits: You will probably be interested to learn about exactly what sort of benefits might be gained by attending Bournemouth Taekwondo classes and participating fully in its activities. You can expect to: Reduced stress using advanced breath control, Boost your confidence by pushing you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Toughen up your mind and body thru enhanced physical coordination and mental discipline, Develop discipline and willpower by exhaustively training your body and mind in the tactics and concepts of Taekwondo, Teach self-defence by training you to realize occasions where self-defence may be necessary, and empowering you to manipulate these situations to your advantage, Increase concentration and self-esteem by sharpening both physical and mental powers, Increase flexibility, stamina and agility by means of intense cardiovascular exertion.
Taekwondo Belts: When it comes to promotion, ranking and belts there isn't actually any standardization in Taekwondo, since there are various different styles of Taekwondo which each have their own system in place. They are however similarities and they generally comprise two groups of belts "seniors" and "juniors", represented by black and coloured belts respectively. The senior rankings generally have 9 levels and the junior, between 8 and 12 levels.
Bournemouth Taekwondo for Beginners: It doesn't matter who you are or what you're capable of in Taekwondo, at one stage you were a total novice, knowing nothing and fearing failure. We have all started at that point and can only learn and improve with practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in Bournemouth are the place to start that learning process and to pick up the basics so that you can gain confidence and move forward in your Taekwondo adventure. Most beginner classes are set up to be fun and friendly, offering a slow introduction to the basic Taekwondo principles and building a solid foundation for the future.
In Summary: So, what do you want from Taekwondo? Well that is a good question, and the answer will vary for different people. Most participants will simply wish to gain more confidence, meet new people and improve their fitness. We're not all going to reach the dizzy heights of Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, although maybe you will, who knows? 👊
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