Normanton Taekwondo (WF6): Originally developed in Korea during the 1940's and 50's, Taekwondo is a fast combatative sport that has become increasingly popular over the last 30 years or so. For those of you who wish to enhance your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body, learn some valuable self-defence techniques and boost your confidence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
While in no way intending to be ageist, Taekwondo can be fairly physical and is generally more appropriate for younger people in Normanton, it is particularly good for children who will become self-disciplined and respecting of others. Unless they are particularly active and fit, seniors might find it too physically tough. For those folks who take up Taekwondo when they are younger, continuing the adventure into older adulthood shouldn't be a problem. The less agile of you may find that Tai Chi which is a bit less demanding, is more suitable.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular jumping/spinning kicks, head kicks and rapid kicking techniques. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists founded schools called "kwans", which blended various martial arts techniques.
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 Normanton, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And when you consider the high levels of violence in town and city centres these days, this is hardly surprising. 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 Lesson: If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an illustration, but this can vary depending on which Normanton school you have signed up for. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to increase heart rate and loosen the muscles, some technical training which will involve learning some kicks, blocking techniques, hand attacks and stances, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), some ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to loosen up and stretch tired muscles.
The 8 Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Among the best known Taekwondo kicks you will learn to begin with include: Roundhouse Kick, Side Kick, Whip or Hook Kick, Front Kick, Back Kick, Crescent Kick, Axe Kick, Push Kick.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organization is compulsory if you wish to sign up with any Taekwondo club in Normanton or nearby.
Taekwondo Competitions and Tournaments: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates breaking, sparring and patterns (forms), in the Olympics only sparring is involved. That being said there may also be some special events in certain tournaments such as self-defence and team demonstrations. WT (World Taekwondo) competitions are purely soft-contact affairs, while ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) competitions allow some hand attacks to the head. There are also some multi-discipline competitions.
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Taekwondo WF6 district.