Cheltenham Taekwondo (GL50): A Korean martial art that was developed during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you would like to learn self-defence, boost your confidence, bolster your self-respect and strengthen your mind and body, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
Taekwondo is quite physically demanding, which means it may be considered more suitable for the younger rather than the older generation in Cheltenham. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it particularly good for children. Older adults trying Taekwondo for the first time often find it too taxing, unless they have kept themselves active. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Cheltenham, started when they were younger. Something a bit softer like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, rapid kicking methods and jumping/spinning kicks.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Cheltenham and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Cheltenham Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
Folks in Cheltenham take up Taekwondo for many purposes but it is the self-defence aspect that interests most. And its no surprise that this is high on people's list of priorities when you take into account the ever rising levels of violence seen nowadays in city and town centres throughout the United Kingdom. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time respecting others and exercising self-restraint is one of the key principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Lesson: If you have never done Taekwondo before, you may be curious to find out what is going to occur on your first lesson. This may vary from class to class but will normally involve all or some of the following. A 15 to 20 minute warm up to loosen muscles and increase heart rate, some technical training which will involve learning some hand attacks, stances, blocking techniques and kicks, a look at some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and to finish off a warm down to loosen up and stretch muscles.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the UK is British Taekwondo and anyone wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Cheltenham must also register with British Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Tournaments: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates sparring, patterns and breaking, in the Olympics only sparring is involved. That being said there may also be some special events in certain tournaments such as self-defence and team demonstrations. WT (World Taekwondo) competitions are purely soft-contact affairs, while ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) competitions allow some hand attacks to the head. There are also some multi-discipline competitions.
Beginners Taekwondo Cheltenham: Even the very best exponents of Taekwondo in Cheltenham had to start as novices, so it is no shame to be a complete beginner at Taekwondo, or any other activity for that matter. The aim of a Taekwondo beginners class is to teach a few basics, increase confidence and build a solid foundation for the future. Most important of all is that it should be fun, students having fun will learn quicker and be better engaged.
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