Northampton Taekwondo (NN1): If you are looking for ways to build your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, learn self-defence and strengthen your body and mind, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since it was developed during the nineteen forties.
While people of all ages in Northampton 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 could prove too taxing for some older adults, but shouldn't be a problem for those who are already fit and active. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Northampton, started when they were younger. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like jumping/turning kicks, rapid kicking techniques 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.
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.
While there is much to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the self-defence aspect that most Northampton people are interested in. This is not hard to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence experienced in town and city centres on a daily basis. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Northampton, 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 Northampton 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.
Taekwondo - The Benefits: You will probably be interested to learn about exactly what sort of benefits might be gained by attending Northampton Taekwondo classes and participating fully in its activities. You can expect to: Develop discipline and willpower by thoroughly training your mind and body in the concepts and techniques of Taekwondo, Build up confidence by helping you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Toughen up your mind and body via increased physical coordination and mental discipline, Reduced anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises, Increase concentration and self-esteem by intensifying your mental and physical powers, Learn self-defence by helping you realize occasions in which self-defence might be required, and allowing you to manipulate these types of circumstances to your advantage, Turbocharge stamina, flexibility and agility by means of intensive cardiovascular effort.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Beginners in Taekwondo do not need to worry too much about forms (Poomse, patterns) at the outset but they will learn some basic ones to start with and progress to more complex forms as they move up the belts (grades/dans). A form is signified by certain aspects of Taekwondo including technique, stance and direction. Learning these sequences is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: In all matches, events and competitions being staged under the auspices of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as a red/blue head protector, a groin protector, hand guards, a mouth guard, forearm guards, red or blue trunk armour (hogu) and shin guards is mandatory. The kicking tactics used in Taekwondo can cause injury and this all helps to make the sport safer for its competitors.
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