Nailsea Taekwondo (BS48): If you are looking for ways that you can learn some self-defence moves, build your confidence, enhance your self-respect and develop your body and mind, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
While people of all ages in Nailsea can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is particularly suited to the younger generation since it can be quite physically demanding, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. It can sometimes be too taxing for older adults unless they are exceptionally fit and active. For those people who take up Taekwondo when they are younger, continuing the experience into adulthood should not be a problem. Tai Chi or something similarly softer might be more suitab le for the less agile of you.
Based primarily around high-kicking moves and manoeuvres like head-height kicks, turning/jumping kicks and fast kicking techniques, Taekwondo was devised from the techniques of various martial arts, by a number of Seoul martial arts specialists in new schools called "Kwans" in the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" were given the names Changmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Songmu Kwan, Mooduk Kwan and Jido Kwan.
With over 60 million practitioners worldwide and quite a few in Nailsea, Taekwondo has become very popular. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to everyone, and joining a local Nailsea Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get yourself involved. While nobody would expect you to get to Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Nailsea.
For a lot of people in Nailsea, it's the self-defence element of Taekwondo which has the most appeal. And in these times of increasing violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this aspect sits high up on people's list of priorities. It is a key element of Taekwondo that you're able to gain more confidence in your capability to defend yourself while at the same time learning to respect other people and practice self-restraint.
There's a pretty good chance that your newly mastered Taekwondo skills will never need to be proved in your everyday life, but it will most certainly give you peace of mind knowing that they are there should you ever be in need of them.
What to Expect From Your First Class
If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you will be wondering what will happen. The following will give you an example, but this will vary depending on which Nailsea school you attend. A warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, a little technical training which will involve learning some stances, blocks, kicks and hand attacks, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a few ideas on sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and relax.
The UK's regulating body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you wish to sign up with a Taekwondo club in Nailsea, you will also be required to register with this organization. By heading to British Taekwondo's website you can discover details of first aid, events, news, establishing a new Taekwondo club, equality and safeguarding, clubs and members, coaches and tournament referees, coaching courses, health and safety, and a lot more Taekwondo related issues.
Taekwondo - The Benefits
The benefits which can be achieved by participating in Taekwondo lessons in Nailsea are many and varied, amongst the most advantageous are: Learn self-defence techniques by helping you realize situations where self-defence could be required, and enabling you to turn these types of circumstances in your favour, Boost confidence by helping you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Better discipline by thoroughly training your mind and body in the principles and techniques of Taekwondo, Turbocharge flexibility, agility and stamina through intense cardiovascular work-outs, Lower stress by doing deep breathing exercises, Strengthen your body and mind via accelerated mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Improve your self-esteem by elevating your mental and physical health.
Kicks play a key role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a small selection of the best known ones ones: Roundhouse Kick, Back Kick, Push Kick, Side Kick, Front Kick, Hook or Whip Kick, Crescent Kick, Axe Kick. Taekwondo Blocks: To divert and stop an inbound attack, "blocks" (known as Makgi) are employed. Using the hand and areas of the arm, they are held in diverse positions. Specific attacks necessitate particular blocks, but blocks can also be changed into counter-attacking movements by the combination of reciprocal punches or kicks. The principal "blocks" include: Palm Block, Upper Block, Low Block, Double Forearm Block, Knife Hand Block, Rising Block, Double Knife Hand Block, Nine Block and Single Forearm Block.
The ranking and belt system can get somewhat bewildering in Taekwondo because there is no standardized system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though, and commonly there are two separate belt groupings, represented as "seniors" (black belts) and "juniors" (colours). The number of grades in the junior groupings varies across the styles but is generally between eight and twelve belts, while the senior group normally has nine belts or dans.
Beginners Taekwondo Nailsea
Even the best exponents of Taekwondo in Nailsea had to start as newbies, so there's no disgrace in being a complete beginner at Tae kwon do, or any other activity for that matter. The aim of a Taekwondo beginners class is to provide just a few basics, boost confidence and build a solid base moving forward. Most importantly of all is that it should be fun, trainees having a good time will learn faster and be better committed.
In all events, tournaments and matches taking place under the control of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as hand guards, a red/blue head guard, a red or blue trunk protector (hogu), forearm protectors, a groin guard, shin pads and a gum shield is obligatory. The fast kicking movements which are part of Taekwondo can easily cause injury and this helps make this activity less hazardous for its competitors.
Taekwondo Help and Guidance
To read about Taekwondo forms, click here To get clued up on the most recent Taekwondo developments on social media check this out. Watch an in depth You Tube guide on Taekwondo skills here. To find out what's taking place in the world of Taekwondo visit the ever popular Taekwondo Forum, threads include things like "Taekwondo Sparring", "The Instructors Room", "Self Defense", "Taekwondo Patterns", "General Discussion" and "Health and Fitness". For more information about vocabulary, the history of Taekwondo, school of thought, facilities and equipment, belts, ranking and promotion, historical influences, patterns (forms), organisations and styles and competitions and tournaments, take a look at Wikipedia (HERE). To view and obtain sparring gloves, leg stretchers, Taekwondo apparel, fighting gloves, foot socks, belts, doboks, mats, body protectors, forearm defenders, shin guards, male and female groin guards, gum shields, chest guards, head guards and foot guards, go look at Martial Art Shop.
Basic Kicks in Taekwondo
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
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