Glasgow Taekwondo (G1): If you would like to strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-esteem, learn some self-defence techniques and build your confidence, an ideal sport to take up is Taekwondo. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
The mere mention of Taekwondo, conjures up images of sprightly young children doing punching and kicking exercises. While the younger and fitter generation may find it easier to cope with the demands of Taekwondo, people of every age group can practice the sport. You will however get more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are relatively fit and agile.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently formulated of the martial arts, with its early beginnings in Korea, South-East Asia in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts specialists in Seoul established some new schools which they called "kwans", merging many different martial arts practices. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mostly consists of kicking manoeuvres, particularly fast kicking methods, spinning/jumping kicks and head-height kicks.
Taekwondo has grown to become extremely popular in Glasgow and all across the globe, with over sixty million practitioners worldwide. Becoming a member of a local Glasgow Taekwondo club or class is a great way to get involved in this activity which has even been a feature of the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. Though you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there's certainly no reason why you cannot become an expert at this exciting martial art and have a bit of fun in the process.
People in Glasgow take up Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence aspect that appeals to most. 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. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the key benefits of Taekwondo.
While it will give you peace of mind being aware that you have these self-defence skills tucked away inside you, the odds are you'll never be required to test them outside of an actual Taekwondo class.
What to Expect From Your First Class
If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you will be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce stiffness in the muscles, a bit of technical training comprising some stances, kicks, blocks and hand attacks, some work on forms or patterns, a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and relax.
If you wish to sign up to a Taekwondo club in Glasgow, you will also have to become a member of the sport's official governing body, namely British Taekwondo. You will be able to get a lot of facts about first aid, events, safe practices, coaching courses, beginning a new Taekwondo club, coaches and referees, news, clubs and members, safeguarding and equality, and more, by visiting British Taekwondo's website.
Mastering Tae kwon do calls for getting to grips with many disciplines and one of the pivotal aspects of Taekwondo is its forms (also called patterns or Poomse). These are types of technique, direction and stance which have to be memorized in order for students to move through the various dans (belts/grades).
Taekwondo Belts (Promotion)
The ranking and belt structure can get quite bewildering in Taekwondo since there's no recognised system throughout the diverse Taekwondo styles. Likenesses can be found however, and generally there are two separate belt groups, represented as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of levels in the junior section varies over the disciplines but is generally somewhere between eight and twelve belts, while the senior's section generally has 9 belts or dans.
We can practically guarantee that if you participate in Taekwondo you are going to gain self-confidence, improve your wellbeing and make new friends. If that's all you get out of it, then all well and good, you can call it a success! We aren't all striving to be Jade Jones's or Lutalo Muhammad's, but those of you that are, still have to begin with the first step. Good luck with your adventure!
More Taekwondo Help and Advice
To keep up to date with the most current Taekwondo trends on social websites check this out. To learn a bit more about what is Taekwondo?, check this out Learn the fundamentals on Tae kwon do by using You Tube here. To find out more regarding the philosophies of Taekwondo, facilities and equipment, the history of Taekwondo, vocabulary, belts, ranks and promotion, organisations and styles, patterns (forms), historical influences and competitions and tournaments, check out the Wikipedia Taekwondo page. To ask questions related to Taekwondo visit one of the Taekwondo forums, discussion threads comprise "Taekwondo Patterns", "The Instructors Room", "General Discussion", "Health and Fitness", "Self Defense" and "Taekwondo Sparring". To purchase doboks, sparring gloves, shin guards, leg stretchers, belts, fighter gloves, Taekwondo outfits, mats, body protectors, head guards, chest guards, gum shields, foot guards, forearm protectors, male and female groin guards and foot socks, pay a visit to Kicksport.
Glasgow Taekwondo clubs can generally help you with Taekwondo for adults, Taekwondo forms, women's Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo for the elderly, the rules of Taekwondo, Taekwondo taster sessions, Taekwondo tuition, Taekwondo scoring, one-to-one Taekwondo classes, sparring and fitness, private Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo etiquette and other martial arts stuff in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Glasgow Taekwondo classes are not just suitable for folks in Glasgow but also for enthusiasts from Anderston, Kevinhaugh, Patrick, Kinning Park, Gorbals, Dennistoun, Strathbungo, Hillhead, Laurieston, Bearsden, Govan, Maryhill, Pollokshields, Springburn, Oatlands, Bishopbriggs, Rutherglen and other nearby places.
Bibliography: Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns by Stuart Anslow, A Killing Art: The Story of Tae Kwon Do (Alex Gillis), Tae Kwon Do, Taekwondo Techniques & Tactics (Thomas Seaborne and Yeon Hwan), TAEKWON-DO: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015), Taekwon-Do Patterns: From Beginner to Black Belt (Jim Hogan), Taekwondo: Complete ITF Patterns by Marc Tedeschi.
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