Dundee Taekwondo (DD1): 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 enhance your self-respect, learn to defend yourself better, strengthen your mind and body and boost your confidence, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Dundee. 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.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in around 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. Kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, jumping/turning kicks and rapid kicking techniques are the main emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Dundee and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Dundee 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.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Dundee are taking up self-defence classes like Taekwondo to help them feel safer in their local environment. The self-defence aspect is one of the key factors of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for other people, which are disciplines that are largely missing in modern day life.
You newly learned Taekwondo skills will likely never need to be put to the test outside of an organized Taekwondo class, however knowing that you have them will give you peace of mind.
Your First Dundee Taekwondo 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 Dundee 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.
Dundee Taekwondo classes aren't only intended for people in Dundee itself but also for followers from Kingoodie, Longforgan, Baldovie, Barnhill, Bridgefoot, West Ferry, Broughty Ferry, Marketgait, Craigie, Invergowrie, Trottick, Downfield, Birkhill, Baldovan, Ballumbie, Monifieth and other Scotland areas.
Everybody who's a member of a Taekwondo club in Dundee or anywhere else in the United Kingdom, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.
Taekwondo Belts (Ranking): The belt and ranking system can get rather confusing in Taekwondo because there is no standard system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though and typically there are two distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior group varies across the styles but is commonly between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior group normally has 9 belts or dans.
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Taekwondo in DD1 area.