Farnborough Taekwondo (GU14): 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 mind and body, learn some self-defence techniques, bolster your self-respect and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
While not wanting to deter any particular age group, it has to be said that Taekwondo is more suited to younger people in Farnborough, being fairly physically demanding. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. Unless they are particularly fit and active, seniors may find it too physically taxing. However people in Farnborough who get involved in Taekwondo at an early age, will find that continuing into older adulthood is not difficult. Tai Chi or something similarly less strenuous might be more suited to the less agile of you.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. This combination of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some new schools in Seoul called "kwans", founded by a group of Korean martial artists. Kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking styles, head kicks and jumping/turning kicks are the main emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known.Today Farnborough Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Farnborough 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.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Farnborough, the first thing you will want to know is what will happen on the first lesson and what will the tutor be expecting of you. Different Taekwondo masters in Farnborough will compile differing routines for this initial lesson but you can expect to do a 15 minute warm-up to get the blood flowing and loosen your muscles, learn a few forms (Poomse), cover some technical training (stances, kicks, blocks), do a bit of sparring, and lastly warm-down.
Taekwondo - The Benefits: The benefits that can be gained by participating in Taekwondo classes in Farnborough are many and varied, among the most significant are: Strengthen your body and mind by way of accelerated physical coordination and mental discipline, Supercharge agility, stamina and flexibility by way of intense cardiovascular exertion, More self-discipline by thoroughly training your mind and body in the doctrines and tactics of Taekwondo, Teach you self-defence by showing you how to understand occasions where self-defence could be necessary, and allowing you to control such situations to your advantage, Lessen anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises, Boost your confidence by inspiring you to succeed and to take control of your life, Enhance self-esteem by maximizing both mental and physical health.
Taekwondo Belts (Ranking): When it comes to promotion, ranking and belts there isn't actually any standardization in Taekwondo, since there are various different styles of Taekwondo which each have their own system in place. They are however similarities and they generally comprise two groups of belts "seniors" and "juniors", represented by black and coloured belts respectively. The senior rankings generally have 9 levels and the junior, between 8 and 12 levels.
Competitions: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve breaking, sparring and patterns 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.
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