Leominster Taekwondo (HR6): 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 build your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, learn some self-defence techniques and enhance your self-esteem, 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 Leominster 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, fast kicking methods 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.
Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over 60 million followers worldwide, and while you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games athlete, you can still join a Taekwondo club or class to learn what will no doubt turn out to be a fascinating and rewarding activity.
For many people in Leominster, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. This is not hard to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence experienced in town and city centres on a daily basis. However, exercising self-restraint and a respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First 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.
Taekwondo Patterns (Forms): Beginners in Taekwondo do not need to worry too much about forms (Poomse, patterns) at the outset but they will learn some basic ones to start with and progress to more complex forms as they move up the belts (grades/dans). A form is signified by certain aspects of Taekwondo including direction, technique and stance. Learning these sequences is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Competitions: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve breaking, sparring and patterns with very little hard contact. International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) competitions don't allow excessive contact but do allow hand attacks to the head. World Taekwondo (WT) and Olympic competitions allow only sparring. Multi-style competitions also take place.
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Taekwondo HR6 region.