Carterton Taekwondo (OX18): A Korean martial art that was developed in the nineteen forties, Taekwondo has grown considerably in popularity since then. If you would like to strengthen your body and mind, learn self-defence, build your confidence and enhance your self-respect, Taekwondo might be precisely the pastime for you.
Because of its more physical elements, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Carterton and is especially appropriate for children as it's terrific for nurturing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too tough. However people who take up Taekwondo in Carterton when they are younger will find they can comfortably carry it on into older adulthood. Something a bit softer like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its early beginnings in Korea, South-East Asia in 1945. A number of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools known as "kwans", incorporating a variety of martial arts practices. Taekwondo, which was eventually called, mostly consists of kicking manoeuvres, particularly turning/jumping kicks, rapid kicking strategies and head kicks.
With over 60 million practitioners worldwide and quite a few in Carterton, Taekwondo has become very popular. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a go, joining a local Carterton Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there is no reason why you cannot become a Taekwondo master.
For many folks in Carterton, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that holds the most appeal. And in these days of ever increasing violence, particularly in city and town centres, it's little surprise that this aspect features high up on people's priority lists. It is a primary element of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your capacity to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your newly mastered Taekwondo skills will most likely never need to be put to the test outside the regulated atmosphere of an organised Taekwondo class, however knowing that you've got them will instill you with confidence.
Your First Carterton Taekwondo Lesson
If you have never done Taekwondo before, you could be somewhat anxious as to what can be expected on your first class. This will be different from club to club but will typically involve some or all of the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to loosen muscles and increase your heart rate, a bit of practical training involving learning some stances, blocks, hand attacks and kicks, discovering a few forms (or Poomse), a brief introduction to sparring which will include timing, the timing of attacks and movement, and finally a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
British Taekwondo is the regulating body of the sport within Great Britain, and membership of this organisation is mandatory should you wish to join any Taekwondo class in Carterton or nearby. You can learn about news, coaching courses, clubs and members, starting a new club, safe practices, coaches and competition referees, safeguarding and equality, first aid, events, and more on British Taekwondo's official website, or find out the latest news reports on their Facebook or Twitter page.
Benefits to be Gained From Taekwondo
When you are enrolling in Taekwondo classes in Carterton you will be hoping to get a few benefits to make the entire thing worth the effort. Therefore let's take a look at some of the many benefits that you could gain through doing and learning Taekwondo. Toughen up your mind and body thru accelerated physical coordination and mental discipline, Reduced stress and anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises, Help with self-defence by helping you recognize instances where self-defence could be required, and allowing you to manipulate these types of situations in your favour, Grow in your confidence by encouraging you to take control of your life and succeed, Better self-discipline by thoroughly training your body and mind in the concepts and strategies of Taekwondo, Improve flexibility, agility and stamina by way of extreme cardiovascular effort, Improve self-esteem and concentration by intensifying both mental and physical fitness.
Taekwondo Tournaments and Competitions
There are an array of tournaments in Taekwondo involving all the different styles. They mainly consist of sparring, patterns (forms) and breaking with hardly any "hard contact". International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) competitions do not permit disproportionate contact but do permit hand attacks to be aimed at the head. WT (World Taekwondo) and Olympic competitions only allow sparring. Multi-style competitions also take place.
Taekwondo Safety Gear
British Taekwondo controlled contests call for specific safety equipment to be worn to safeguard contenders from personal injury as a result of the potent kicks being used. These safety items include: shin guards, a blue/red head protector, a gum shield, forearm protectors, a blue/red trunk protector (hogu), hand guards and a groin protector.
So, what are you looking to get from doing Taekwondo? Well, that's an excellent question, and the answer will vary for different people. Most participants will simply wish to improve their levels of fitness, meet new people and gain more self-confidence. We are certainly not all going to scale the heights of Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, though perhaps you will, you never know? 👊
Basic Kicks in Taekwondo
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
Carterton Taekwondo teachers can usually help you with Taekwondo for the disabled, one-to-one Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo taster sessions, Taekwondo tuition, Taekwondo for senior citizens, Taekwondo sparring, women's Taekwondo classes, the rules of Taekwondo, beginners Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo etiquette, Taekwondo equipment, Taekwondo scoring and other martial arts stuff in Carterton, Oxfordshire.
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Carterton Taekwondo classes aren't only intended for people in Carterton but also for devotees from Bampton, Alvescot, Crawley, Bradwell Village, Curbridge, Swinbrook, Clanfield, Aston, Fulbrook, Worsham, Shilton, Oxford, Brize Norton, Filkins, Witney, Langford, Burford, Minster Lovell and other nearby places.
Bibliography: Tae Kwon Do by Richard Chun, Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense, Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Taekwondo Step Sparring (Sang Kim), Taekwon-Do Patterns: From Beginner to Black Belt by Jim Hogan, Taekwondo: The Essential Introduction, Taekwondo Techniques & Tactics by Thomas Seaborne and Yeon Hwan.
Taekwondo Schools Carterton
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