Littlehampton Taekwondo (BN17): If you would like to strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-esteem, learn some self-defence moves and build your confidence, an ideal sport to take up is Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Whilst not wanting to deter any specific age group, it has to be said that Taekwondo is more suitable for younger people in Littlehampton, being quite physically demanding. Its encouragement of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. Older adults who are not all that active and fit might find it a tad too taxing. People in Littlehampton who take up Taekwondo when they are young find it simple to continue when they get older. Something a bit less strenuous like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
Based mainly around high-kicking moves and manoeuvres like fast kicking techniques, jumping/spinning kicks and head-height kicks, Taekwondo was developed from the techniques of various martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts specialists in new schools known as "Kwans" in the nineteen forties and fifties. These "Kwans" were given the names Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan and Songmu Kwan.
These days an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over sixty million practitioners worldwide, and whilst you might not aspire to be an Olympic Games athlete, you're still able to register for a Taekwondo club or class to learn what will undoubtedly turn out to be a rewarding and fascinating pastime.
In these days of escalating violence, it's hardly surprising that individuals in locations like Littlehampton are taking up self-defence training like Taekwondo to enable them to feel safer in their everyday life. The self-defence element is one of the key factors of Taekwondo but at the same time it also teaches self-restraint and a deep respect for others around us, which are disciplines that are largely missing in 21st century living.
Your newly learned Taekwondo skills will more than likely never need to be put to the test outside of a dedicated Taekwondo class, however knowing that you have them will instill you with self-confidence.
Your First Littlehampton Taekwondo Lesson
If Taekwondo is not an activity that you have ever had a go at before, you'll likely be wondering what you should expect from your very first class should you make your mind up to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in the Littlehampton area have different ideas about this but in brief; you'll take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do a certain amount of technical training, you'll learn some forms, you will practice sparring strategies and finally you will warm-down to get your body back into a state of relaxation once more.
The regulating body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and anybody wanting to join a Taekwondo class in Littlehampton has to also become a member of British Taekwondo. You'll be able to find out about first aid, health and safety, coaching courses, members and clubs, equality and safeguarding, referees and coaching, beginning a new Taekwondo club, news, events, and more on British Taekwondo's official website, and find out the latest news on their Facebook or Twitter page.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse)
Newcomers just starting their journey in Taekwondo don't have to fret too much about forms (patterns, Poomse) at the outset, however they will have to learn some basic ones for starters and move on to more intricate "forms" as they progress through the belts (grades/dans). A form is signified by certain areas of Taekwondo including stance, direction and technique. Getting to grips with such techniques is a key part of mastering Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank)
The ranking and belt system can get pretty complicated in Taekwondo because there isn't any standardized arrangement throughout the different Taekwondo styles. Parallels do exist though, and usually there are 2 distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of grades in the junior groupings varies over the styles but is typically somewhere between eight and twelve belts, whilst the senior's group commonly has nine belts or dans.
Competitions and Tournaments
A typical Taekwondo tournament features sparring, patterns (forms) and breaking, in the Olympics only sparring is involved. Having said that there are also some special events in specific tournaments such as self-defence and team demonstrations. World Taekwondo tournaments are strictly soft-contact events, while International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) competitions allow some hand attacks towards the head. There are also some multi-discipline contests.
Taekwondo Information, Help and Social Media
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Basic Taekwondo Kicks
- Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
Key Benefits of Taekwondo
- Strengthen your body and mind by way of enhanced physical coordination and mental discipline
- Teach self-defence techniques by helping you to identify occasions in which self-defence may be needed, and allowing you to control these types of circumstances to your advantage
- Improve agility, flexibility and stamina through extreme cardiovascular work-outs
- Build up confidence by encouraging you to succeed and to seize control of your life
- Lower anxiety and stress by doing deep breathing exercises
- More discipline by thoroughly training your body and mind in the doctrines and tactics of Taekwondo
- Increase concentration and self-esteem by sharpening both mental and physical fitness
Littlehampton Taekwondo tutors can normally help you with Taekwondo for children, Taekwondo forms, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo for adults, the rules of Taekwondo, one-to-one Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo fitness, Taekwondo scoring, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo for senior citizens, Taekwondo etiquette, private Taekwondo classes and more martial arts stuff in Littlehampton, West Sussex.
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