Castleford Taekwondo (WF10): Mastering a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are very popular with people in Castleford these days. Trying something like Taekwondo helps you to boost your confidence, bolster your self-respect, strengthen your body and mind and learn some valuable self-defence techniques. Since its beginnings in Korea during the 1940's, this more contemporary martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
While people of all ages in Castleford can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is particularly suited to the younger generation since it can be quite physically demanding, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. It can sometimes be too taxing for older adults unless they are exceptionally fit and active. Carrying their Taekwondo experience through into older adulthood should not however be a problem for those who start when they are younger. Something a bit softer like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
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 spinning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and fast kicking techniques. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
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.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most interesting to people in Castleford. This is no surprise when you take into account the rising levels of violence seen in town centres nowadays. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the key principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Lesson: 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 Castleford 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 should you wish to join any Taekwondo club in Castleford or nearby.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Mastering Taekwondo will involve learning many disciplines and one of the key parts of Taekwondo is its forms (also called Poomse or patterns). These are sequences of stance, direction and technique which need to be memorized in order for pupils to progress through the various dans (belts/grades).
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Conclusion: We cannot all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I guess that we wouldn't all want to be. Taekwondo isn't just about Olympic titles and National Championships. Most of us are happy to meet different people, make new friends and improve our levels of fitness, and that is how it should be. However, as with most things in life, what you get out of it will depend on what you put into it. Good luck!
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