Luton Taekwondo (LU1): If you have been thinking about taking up a hobby to achieve some specific goals such as to strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect, learn a bit of self-defence and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. This more modern of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after World War 2.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Luton. That is not to say that older people cannot participate in this activity, but simply that there may be other martial arts that are more suited to the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be the perfect example.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). Some new schools called "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics. Kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, turning/jumping kicks and fast kicking methods are the main emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known.Today Luton Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
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 Luton, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And its not surprising that this is on people's list of priorities when you consider the rising levels of violence seen these days in town and city centres throught the United Kingdom. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Luton Taekwondo Lesson: For those of you who have never attempted Taekwondo before, you'll no doubt be curious to know just what to expect from your first class. This will vary from school to school but will normally involve all or most of the following. A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a little technical training comprising some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
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.
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Summary: We cannot all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I guess that we wouldn't all want to be. Taekwondo isn't just about Olympic titles and National Championships. Most of us are happy to meet different people, make new friends and improve our levels of fitness, and that is how it should be. However, as with most things in life, what you get out of it will depend on what you put into it. Good luck!
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