Ilkley Taekwondo (LS29): Developed during the 1940's in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art which has grown in popularity in recent times. Renowned as a means by which to build your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, develop your mind and body and learn a bit of self-defence, it has been embraced by many millions of people all over the world.
On account of its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is maybe more suitable for the younger generation in Ilkley and is particularly suitable for children because it's great for developing respect for others and self-discipline. Older adults may find it a bit too demanding unless they are especially active and fit. Even so, those folks who take up Taekwondo in Ilkley from a young age will discover that they can easily carry it on when they're older. The less nimble of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, combining a number of various martial arts techniques. This eventually became known as Taekwondo and the main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking techniques, turning/jumping kicks and head kicks.
With over sixty million students across the world and quite a few in Ilkley, Taekwondo has become really popular. Heading along to your local Ilkley Taekwondo class or club is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. There's no reason why you can't become a master of this exhilarating martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
For the men, women and children of Ilkley who like the idea of learning a martial art, a top priority is the element of self-defence. As this is a central concept of Taekwondo, it isn't difficult to appreciate the attraction of this particular sport. With the additional bonus of developing self-restraint and having a deep-rooted respect for those around you, signing up for a local Ilkley Taekwondo class would seem to be a no brainer.
Whilst it will instill you with confidence knowing that you have those self-defence skills in your locker, the chances are that you will never have to use them outside the regulated setting of an actual Taekwondo class.
Your First Taekwondo Class
If you have never done Taekwondo before, you may be a bit anxious as to what to expect on your first lesson. This varies from school to school but will usually consist of all or some of these. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to loosen up muscles and increase the heart rate, a little technical training involving learning some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocking techniques, discovering some Poomse (forms), a quick introduction to sparring including timing, movement and the timing of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
Any individual wishing to join a Taekwondo class in Ilkley has to also register with British Taekwondo which is the governing body of the sport in the UK. You'll be able to find out about coaches and competition referees, news, events, safeguarding and equality, members and clubs, first aid, coaching courses, launching a new Taekwondo club, safe practices, and more on the official British Taekwondo website, or find the latest Taekwondo news stories on their Twitter or Facebook page.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse)
Mastering Taekwondo will involve getting to grips with many techniques and disciplines and one of the key elements of Taekwondo is its forms (also known as patterns or Poomse). These are sequences of direction, stance and technique which need to be memorized in order for pupils to move through the various dans (belts/grades).
Beginners Taekwondo Ilkley
Learners setting out on their Taekwondo adventure in Ilkley will initially sign up for a beginners class. Beginners classes are fantastic, because there is no pressure and everything is done at a slow and casual pace. Learning and having fun are the principal goals at the start and students who are having a great time tend to learn much faster and digest considerably more of what they are being taught. Even Taekwondo masters started out as clueless newbies, so take that initial step and you never know where you will finish up!
Tournaments governed by British Taekwondo rules demand that various pieces of protective equipment be used, these include: blue/red body armour (hogu), hand protectors, a red/blue head protector, a groin protector, a gum shield, forearm guards and shin protectors. This is a must because of the forceful kicking attacks being employed.
The benefits that you acquire from Taekwondo will be directly related to what you put into it (as is true of life on the whole). Most of you will just want to make new friends, improve your fitness levels and meet different people, some may wish to progress to tournaments and competitions or maybe even the Olympic Games. But remember, we cannot all end up being a Jade Jones or a Lutalo Muhammad. 👊
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
Benefits Gained From Taekwondo
- Build confidence by motivating you to take control of your life and succeed
- Strengthen your body and mind thru improved physical coordination and mental discipline
- Develop discipline and willpower by methodically schooling your body and mind in the techniques and principles of Taekwondo
- Reduces stress and anxiety using advanced breath control
- Improve flexibility, agility and stamina through strenuous cardiovascular exertion
- Learn self-defence tactics by helping you recognise situations in which self-defence could be needed, and allowing you to turn these circumstances to your advantage
- Enhance feelings of self-esteem by maximizing your physical and mental fitness
Ilkley Taekwondo clubs can normally help you with Taekwondo kicks, Taekwondo forms, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo for self-defence, Taekwondo for toddlers, Taekwondo for the disabled, private Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo for adults, Taekwondo taster lessons, one-to-one Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo equipment, Taekwondo uniforms and more martial arts stuff in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
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Ilkley Taekwondo classes aren't only intended for folks in Ilkley itself but also for students from Burley-in-Wharfedale, Riddlesden, Burley Woodhead, High Eldwick, Norwood, Askwith, Bolton Abbey, Esscroft, Beamsley, Hazlewood, Menston, Otley, Silsden, Addingham, East Morton, Denton and other surrounding areas.
More West Yorkshire Taekwondo classes: Featherstone, Wakefield, Wetherby, Rothwell, Pudsey, Cleckheaton, Normanton, Knottingley, Castleford, Dewsbury, Halifax, Bingley, Morley, Leeds, Otley, Ossett, Pontefract, Guiseley, Baildon, Ilkley, Mirfield, Keighley, Liversedge, Todmorden, Huddersfield, Horsforth, Batley, Bradford, Garforth, Holmfirth, Brighouse, Heckmondwike, Elland, Shipley and Yeadon.
Taekwondo classes in other UK regions: Stockton-on-Tees, Nuneaton, Hebburn, Staveley, Newport Pagnell, South Woodham Ferrers, Stourbridge, Middlewich, Dewsbury, Skegness, Bury St Edmunds, Ash, Newton Aycliffe, Portslade, Thatcham, Peterlee, Hailsham, Addlestone, Wrexham, Hamilton, Salisbury, Banstead, Horley, Chippenham, Holmfirth, Boston, York.
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