Ossett Taekwondo (WF5): If you are planning to take up a new activity that will enable you to boost your confidence, enhance your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body and learn some self-defence techniques, you might consider Taekwondo as a possible option. This more modern martial art has quickly become popular since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
While people of all ages in Ossett 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. Unless they are particularly fit and active, older adults may find it too physically taxing. Carrying their Taekwondo experience through into older adulthood should not however be a problem for those who start when they are younger. Tai Chi or something similarly softer might be more suitab le for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools known as "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking techniques, turning/jumping kicks and head-height kicks.
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.
Of all the numerous benefits of doing this sport, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Ossett consider most interesting. And if you consider the increased levels of violence in town and city centres nowadays, this is not surprising. Actually one of the key benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst respecting others and exercising a degree of self-restraint.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first class. 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.
Ossett Taekwondo classes are not simply for the people of Ossett itself but also for followers from Shaw Cross, Ossett Street Side, Bretton, Chidswell, Kirkhamgate, Chickenley, Dale Street, Alverthorpe, Flushdike, Carr Gate, Hanging Heaton, Flanshaw, Earlsheaton, South Ossett and other nearby places.
The Eight Basic Taekwondo Kicks: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi).
The Benefits of Taekwondo: When signing up for Taekwondo classes in Ossett you will be hoping to get some benefits to make the whole thing worthwhile. So let's look at a few of the benefits that you might gain by learning and practicing Taekwondo. Increase agility, stamina and flexibility by means of intense cardiovascular exertion, Teach self-defence by showing you how to recognise instances in which self-defence may be required, and allowing you to turn such scenarios in your favour, Boost confidence by motivating you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Develop discipline by comprehensively educating your mind and body in the doctrines and techniques of Taekwondo, Lower stress with controlled breathing, Strengthen your body and mind through accelerated physical coordination and mental discipline, Improve concentration and self-esteem by sharpening your physical and mental fitness.
Taekwondo Tournaments and Competitions: Taekwondo competitions are held all over the world in all of the various styles. There is generally not much hard contact but patterns (forms), sparring and breaking. Olympic and WT (World Taekwondo) tournaments consist only of sparring, in ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) tournaments certain hand attacks are allowed to the head. Other organizations hold multi-discipline tournaments.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: In all matches, events and competitions being staged under the auspices of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as hand guards, shin guards, forearm guards, a groin guard, a mouth protector, a red or blue head guard and red/blue body armour 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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Taekwondo in WF5 district.