Margate Taekwondo (CT9): If you would like to strengthen your body and mind, build your confidence, enhance your self-respect and learn some useful self-defence techniques, an ideal sport to take up is Taekwondo. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since its development during the 1940's.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Margate. 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.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the discipline started life in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts fanatics established some new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a combination of martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the emphasis is on kicking, especially fast kicking strategies, jumping/spinning kicks and head-height kicks.
The total number of Taekwondo practitioners worldwide, now exceeds 60 million. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to everyone, and joining a local Margate Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get yourself involved. While the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this thrilling martial art.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Margate are taking up self-defence classes like Taekwondo to help them feel safer in their local environment. The self-defence aspect is one of the key factors of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for other people, which are disciplines that are largely missing in modern day life.
Although you'll spend a lot of time learning these essential self-defence skills, with a bit of luck you won't ever need to implement them except within your local Taekwondo club environment.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Margate, the first thing you will want to know is what will happen on the first lesson and what will the tutor be expecting of you. Different Taekwondo masters in Margate will compile differing routines for this initial lesson but you can expect to do a 15 minute warm-up to get the blood flowing and loosen your muscles, learn a few forms (Poomse), cover some technical training (stances, kicks, blocks), do a bit of sparring, and lastly warm-down.
Margate Taekwondo classes aren't simply for the people of Margate but also for followers from Cliftonville, Kingsgate, Northwood, Reading Street, Northdown, Broadstairs, St Peters, Manston, Monkton, Woodchurch, Westwood, St Lawrence, Haine, Birchington, Garlinge, Westgate-on-Sea and other Kent areas.
Taekwondo Forms: Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as technique, stance and direction. 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.
Safety Gear: British Taekwondo matches require certain safety equipment to be worn to protect competitors from injury due to the powerful kicks being used. This safety gear includes: a blue or red head protector, hand guards, shin pads, forearm protectors, a mouth protector, a blue/red body protector (hogu) and a groin guard.
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