Gillingham Taekwondo (ME7): 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-esteem, strengthen your mind and body, build your confidence and learn some self-defence moves, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Gillingham from taking this up. To be fair, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical health can easily take part and get benefits from this activity.
With its beginnings in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is certainly one of the more recently developed of the martial arts and involves mainly kicking moves such as head kicks, rapid kicking styles and spinning/jumping kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Since the Sydney Olympic Games in the year 2000, Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport. This has made it even more popular worlwide with some 60 million people actively taking part in classes. And it is by joining a Taekwondo club or class that you can begin your journey of learning this fascinating art.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Gillingham 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.
These self-defence techniques may at some point come in handy in the outside world, although it is more likely that you will only be using them within a monitored class environment. However it's a nice feeling knowing that you can always defend yourself if you need to.
Your First Gillingham Taekwondo Lesson: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Gillingham, 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 Gillingham 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.
Everybody who's a member of a Taekwondo club in Gillingham or anywhere else in the UK, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse): Mastering Taekwondo will involve learning many disciplines and one of the key parts of Taekwondo is its forms (also called Poomse or patterns). These are sequences of technique, direction and stance which need to be memorized in order for pupils to progress through the various dans (belts/grades).
Gillingham Taekwondo for Beginners: Even the very best exponents of Taekwondo in Gillingham 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.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: Safety gear such as a red or blue head guard, hand protectors, a groin protector, a mouth protector, blue/red body armour, forearm guards and shin pads 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.
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