Cramlington Taekwondo (NE23): Originally developed in Korea during the 1940's and 50's, Taekwondo is a fast combatative sport that has become increasingly popular over the last 30 years or so. For those of you who wish to strengthen your body and mind, learn a bit of self-defence, bolster your self-esteem and boost your confidence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Cramlington. That is not to say that older people cannot participate in this activity, but simply that there may be other martial arts that are more suited to the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be the perfect example.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular fast kicking methods, jumping/spinning kicks and head-height kicks. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists founded schools called "kwans", which blended various martial arts techniques.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners worldwide and has become very popular in Cramlington and throughout the UK. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, joining a local Cramlington Taekwondo club or class is a good place to start. While nobody would expect you to get to Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Cramlington.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most appeal to people in Cramlington is the self-defence aspect of it. 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. Learning to defend yourself while at the same time applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
Your First Class: Different Taekwondo clubs in Cramlington will have different ideas about what pupils should cover on their first lesson, but to give you an idea of what to expect most first Taekwondo lessons will include a warm-up, some sparring, learning Poomse (forms), an introduction to blocks, kicks, hand attacks and stances (technical training) and a warm-down to stretch tired muscles and return the body to a state of equilibrium.
Cramlington Taekwondo classes are not simply for people in Cramlington but also for followers from Seaton Delaval, Stannington, Seghill, Seaton Burn, Shankhouse, Bedlington, New Hartley, High Pit, Nelson Village, Wideopen, East Hartford, Annitsford, Dudley, East Cramlington, Blyth and other surrounding areas.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is perhaps best known for its acrobatic kicks, here are some of the basic kicks you will learn as a beginner: Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi).
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as stance, technique and direction. From the outset you will learn some of the basic forms, and in order to progress through the grades (belts) you will need to learn some more advanced ones.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank): 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.
Taekwondo Tournaments and Competitions: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve sparring, breaking and patterns (forms) with very little hard contact. International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) competitions don't allow excessive contact but do allow hand attacks to the head. World Taekwondo (WT) and Olympic competitions allow only sparring. Multi-style competitions also take place.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: Safety gear such as a groin protector, hand protectors, a red/blue head protector, red/blue trunk armour, a mouth guard, shin guards and forearm protectors are used in all matches overseen by British Taekwondo. Protection from injury is necessary because of the powerful kicks that are part and parcel of this sport.
Cramlington Taekwondo classes will likely offer you Taekwondo for adults, Taekwondo etiquette, Taekwondo for self-defence, Taekwondo patterns, Taekwondo forms, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo kicks, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo tuition, Taekwondo for the disabled and more in Cramlington, .
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