Manchester Taekwondo (M1): If you have been looking around Manchester for some ideas for a new hobby, you might want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will enable you to build your confidence, enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and learn some valuable self-defence techniques. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Manchester. 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.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like spinning/jumping kicks, fast kicking styles and head kicks, Taekwondo was formulated from the techniques of different martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools called "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Songmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
For many people in Manchester, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that is the most interesting. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's city and town centres. Learning to properly defend yourself while at the same time applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
Your First Lesson: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first lesson should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Manchester have different ideas about this but roughly; you will take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do a bit of technical training, you will learn some forms, you will practice sparring techniques and finally you will warm-down to get your body back into a state of relaxation.
Taekwondo Belts (Promotion): In Taekwondo there is really no standardization when it comes to belts and ranking. It all depends on which style you are looking at, since there are so many different Taekwondo styles. They are however usually divided into two groups "junior" or "colour" belts and "senior" or "black" belts. The junior/colour ranks range from white to red, with anything from 8 to 12 ranks, while the senior/black belts usually have 9 ranks.
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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