Halifax Taekwondo (HX1): 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 boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect and learn some self-defence moves, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
Taekwondo is generally a lot more demanding physically than for example Tai Chi, so unless you are pretty fit and agile you might prefer to find something a little gentler to improve your fitness in Halifax. Younger children are certainly the perfect participants for Taekwondo classes in Halifax, with lots of fast movements going on and plenty of high kicking.
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, fast kicking techniques and jumping/turning kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
With over 60 million practitioners worldwide and quite a few in Halifax, Taekwondo has become very popular. Joining a local Halifax 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 nobody would expect you to get to Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Halifax.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Halifax join classes and take up the sport. There has been a worrying increase in violent behaviour in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres around West Yorkshire and the UK in general. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and respect for others, not such common qualities in Halifax nowadays.
Your First Halifax Taekwondo Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first lesson. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
Halifax Taekwondo classes aren't just for the people of Halifax itself but also for followers from Queensbury, Sowerby Bridge, Hipperholme, Hove Edge, Pellon, Siddal, Holmfield, Southowram, Norton Tower, Shibden, Ovenden, Brookfoot, Wheatley, Calderdale and other West Yorkshire places.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: The benefits that can be gained by participating in Taekwondo classes in Halifax are many and varied, among the most significant are: Teach self-defence by showing you how to understand circumstances where self-defence could be required, and enabling you to manipulate these scenarios to your advantage, Augment agility, stamina and flexibility by means of extreme cardiovascular effort, Increase self-esteem by raising both mental and physical health, Reduces anxiety and stress with controlled breathing, Better discipline and willpower by thoroughly educating your body and mind in the doctrines and tactics of Taekwondo, Beef up confidence by motivating you to seize control of your life and succeed, Toughen up your body and mind through increased physical coordination and mental discipline.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as direction, stance and technique. From the outset you will learn some of the basic forms, and in order to progress through the grades (belts) you will need to learn some more advanced ones.
Taekwondo Belts (Promotion): With there being various different styles of Taekwondo there has never been any standard system for allocating belts (promotion). What does exist is however fairly similar and consists of two belt groups "junior" and "senior" ("colour" and "black"), each of these groups are divided into ranks, 8 to 12 colours for juniors and 9 for seniors.
Taekwondo Tournaments and Competitions: Competitions are an important part of the overall Taekwondo experience and all of the different styles all over the world hold tournaments where Taekwondo masters come together to compete. Hard contact is rarely allowed in any of these competitions which mainly incorporate sparring, breaking and patterns. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and WT tournaments, while some hand attacks are tolerated in ITF events.
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