Derby Taekwondo (DE1): If you're looking to take up a new activity which will help you to boost your confidence, learn a bit of self-defence, enhance your self-esteem and strengthen your mind and body, you should consider Taekwondo as a possible candidate. Since its beginnings in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has grown in popularity.
While people of all ages in Derby 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. Older adults may find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. However those in Derby who take up Taekwondo at a young age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood is not a problem. If you are less agile you could always try something a bit softer such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like head kicks, fast kicking strategies and jumping/spinning kicks, Taekwondo was formulated from the techniques of different martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools called "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Songmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Derby and with more than sixty million others worldwide. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, joining a Taekwondo club or class in Derby is a good place to start. There isn't any reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this thrilling sport, even if you don't have any desire to compete in the Olympics.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most appeal to people in Derby is the self-defence aspect of it. And its not surprising that this is on people's list of priorities when you consider the rising levels of violence seen these days in town and city centres throught the United Kingdom. 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 Derby Taekwondo Lesson: For those of you who have never done Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be interested to know what to expect from your first lesson. This may vary depending on which Derby school you go to, but will usually involve the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up, a little technical training which will involve learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and relax.
Derby Taekwondo classes aren't only for people in Derby but also for devotees from Allestree, Repton, Morley, Castle Donington, Long Eaton, Brailsford, Borrowash, Stapleford, Egginton, Tutbury, Quarndon, Hilton, Spondon, Melbourne, Draycott, Willinton, Chellaston, Oakwood, Kegworth, Mickleover and other Derbyshire areas.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: When signing up for Taekwondo classes in Derby you will be hoping to get some benefits to make the whole thing worthwhile. So let's look at a few of the benefits that you might gain by learning and practicing Taekwondo. Strengthen your mind and body through accelerated mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Build confidence by pushing you to succeed and to seize control of your life, More self-discipline by exhaustively schooling your body and mind in the tactics and doctrines of Taekwondo, Increase self-esteem by intensifying your mental and physical powers, Lessen anxiety using advanced breath control, Help with self-defence tactics by helping you to realize occasions in which self-defence may be required, and allowing you to turn these circumstances to your advantage, Augment flexibility, stamina and agility through extreme cardiovascular work-outs.
Competitions: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates patterns (forms), breaking and sparring, 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.
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