Carlisle Taekwondo (CA1): If you would like to enhance your self-respect, boost your confidence, learn some self-defence techniques and strengthen your body and mind, an ideal sport to take up is Taekwondo. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Carlisle 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.
With its beginnings in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is certainly one of the more recently developed of the martial arts and involves mainly kicking moves such as head kicks, jumping/spinning kicks and fast kicking strategies. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
For many people in Carlisle, 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 Carlisle Taekwondo Class: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first class should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Carlisle have different ideas about this but roughly; you will take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do a bit of technical training, you will learn some forms, you will practice sparring techniques and finally you will warm-down to get your body back into a state of relaxation.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organization is mandatory if you would like to join any Taekwondo club in Carlisle or nearby.
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.
Summary: What you get out of Taekwondo will be directly related to what you put into it (as is the case with life in general). Most of you will simply wish to meet different people, improve your fitness levels and make new friends, some may wish to progress to tournaments and competitions or maybe even the Olympics. But remember, we can't all be a Jade Jones or a Lutalo Muhammad.
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