Ipswich Taekwondo (IP1): 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 learn self-defence, strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-respect and boost your confidence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Ipswich 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.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular head-height kicks, rapid kicking styles and jumping/spinning kicks. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists founded schools called "kwans", which blended various martial arts techniques.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Ipswich and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Taekwondo club or class in Ipswich is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There is no reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this thrilling sport, even if you have no desire to compete in the Olympics.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most appeal to people in Ipswich is the self-defence aspect of it. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your First Ipswich Taekwondo Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first class. 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.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: The benefits that can be gained by participating in Taekwondo classes in Ipswich are many and varied, among the most significant are: Lower anxiety and stress with controlled breathing, Turbocharge agility, stamina and flexibility by way of extreme cardiovascular work-outs, Improve your self-esteem by elevating both mental and physical powers, Better discipline and willpower by thoroughly educating your mind and body in the doctrines and techniques of Taekwondo, Build confidence by encouraging you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Toughen up your mind and body by means of enhanced mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Help with self-defence strategies by helping you to recognize occasions in which self-defence may be required, and empowering you to control these types of situations in your favour.
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, stance and direction which need to be memorized in order for pupils to progress through the various dans (belts/grades).
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