Nottingham Taekwondo (NG1): If you are looking for ways to learn some valuable self-defence techniques, strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-respect and build your confidence, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Taekwondo is generally a lot more demanding physically than for example Tai Chi, so unless you are pretty fit and agile you might prefer to find something a little gentler to improve your fitness in Nottingham. Younger children are certainly the perfect participants for Taekwondo classes in Nottingham, with lots of fast movements going on and plenty of high kicking.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular jumping/spinning kicks, fast kicking methods and head kicks. 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.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners worldwide and has become very popular in Nottingham and throughout the UK. Joining a local Taekwondo club or class in Nottingham is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. 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.
For many people in Nottingham, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. This is not a surprise when you take into account the rising levels of violence seen in city and town centres these days. It's a key factor of Taekwondo that you can be confidently able to defend yourself yet learn to respect others and exercise self-restraint.
Your First Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first lesson. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Forms are a key element of Taekwondo and are essential if you are to master this fascinating martial art. Some basic forms must be learned at the beginning and more complex forms must be mastered in order to progress through the various belts. A Taekwondo form is characterized by various aspects such as direction, technique and stance.
Taekwondo Tournaments: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates breaking, patterns and sparring, 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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