Nuneaton Taekwondo (CV10): A Korean martial art that was developed during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you would like to strengthen your body and mind, boost your confidence, bolster your self-respect and learn self-defence, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Nuneaton and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults may find it somewhat too demanding unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Nuneaton at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like fast kicking methods, head kicks and spinning/jumping 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.
Since the Sydney Olympic Games in the year 2000, Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport. This has made it even more popular worlwide with some 60 million people actively taking part in classes. And it is by joining a Taekwondo club or class that you can begin your journey of learning this fascinating art.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most appeal to people in Nuneaton is the self-defence aspect of it. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. 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.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have booked your first class but have never done Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase heart rate and loosen your muscles, a bit of technical training such as learning some kicks, blocking techniques, stances and hand attacks, an introduction to some forms, a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent spasms and cramping.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Mastering Taekwondo will involve learning many disciplines and one of the key parts of Taekwondo is its forms (also called Poomse or patterns). These are sequences of technique, direction and stance which need to be memorized in order for pupils to progress through the various dans (belts/grades).
Taekwondo Belts: With there being various different styles of Taekwondo there has never been any standard system for allocating belts (promotion). What does exist is however fairly similar and consists of two belt groups "junior" and "senior" ("colour" and "black"), each of these groups are divided into ranks, 8 to 12 colours for juniors and 9 for seniors.
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: shin protectors, forearm guards, a red or blue head guard, blue/red body armour (hogu), a groin guard, a mouth protector and hand guards.
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