Peterborough Taekwondo (PE1): First introduced in Korea during the nineteen forties and fifties, Taekwondo is a fast paced combatative sport which has become ever more popular over the last 30 years or so. For individuals who need to develop your body and mind, build your confidence, learn some valuable self-defence techniques and enhance your self-respect, Taekwondo could be the ideal pastime or fitness activity.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical requirements, it is perhaps more suitable for the younger generation in Peterborough. That's not to say that older individuals can't get involved in this particular activity, but merely that there may be other martial arts that are more suitable for the less agile of us. Tai Chi would be a perfect example.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). Some new schools called "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking styles, jumping/turning kicks and head kicks.
Taekwondo has grown to be very popular in Peterborough and all around the world, with more than sixty million practitioners worldwide. Becoming a member of a local Peterborough Taekwondo club or class is an excellent way to get involved with this activity which has even been included in the Olympic Games ever since the Sydney Games in 2000. Although you may not have any ambitions to be involved in Olympic competition, there's certainly no reason why you cannot become an expert at this exciting martial art and have a bit of fun in the process.
A key element of Taekwondo is self-defence, and doubtless this is one of the main reasons that people in Peterborough get involved in classes and engage with the sport. There's been a worrying increase in violent conduct over the last few years and this is especially rife in city and town centres throughout Cambridgeshire and Great Britain in general. The good thing about Taekwondo though, is that it also encourages self-discipline and a deep respect for other people, not such familiar qualities in Peterborough nowadays.
There's a pretty decent likelihood that your newly mastered Taekwondo skills will never have to be proven in the outside world, but it will most certainly give you a secure feeling knowing that they are there should you ever be in need of them.
Your First Lesson
If you've never done Taekwondo previously, you may be somewhat concerned as to what to expect on your very first lesson. This varies from school to school but will typically involve some or all of these. A 15-20 minute warm up to loosen up muscles and increase the heart rate, a bit of practical training involving learning some blocking techniques, stances, kicks and hand attacks, learning some Poomse (forms), a brief introduction to sparring including movement, attack timing and timing, and lastly a warm down to stretch and relax weary muscles.
Everybody who's a registered member of a Taekwondo club in Peterborough or anywhere else in the United Kingdom, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the official regulating body of the sport. By checking out British Taekwondo's official website you can find information regarding beginning a new club, referees and coaching, events, first aid, members and clubs, coaching courses, news, safeguarding and equality, health and safety, and a lot more Taekwondo related facts.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo
You'll no doubt be intrigued to discover exactly what kind of benefits could be obtained by attending Peterborough Taekwondo classes and engaging 100% in its practices. You could expect that you will: Learn self-defence by showing you how to identify circumstances in which self-defence might be needed, and allowing you to manipulate these types of circumstances in your favour, Reduce stress and anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises, Increase feelings of self-esteem by intensifying your mental and physical powers, Supercharge agility, stamina and flexibility by means of intensive cardiovascular exertion, Boost confidence by pushing you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Toughen up your mind and body through increased physical coordination and mental discipline, Better discipline and willpower by comprehensively training your body and mind in the principles and strategies of Taekwondo.
Tournaments and competitions are an important aspect of the overall Taekwondo experience, and all of the various styles all over the world hold tournaments where Taekwondo masters get together to compete. Hard contact is rarely permitted in any of these competitive events which mainly comprise sparring, breaking and patterns. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and World Taekwondo (WT) tournaments, whilst specified hand attacks are permitted in ITF events.
Even the best exponents of Taekwondo in Peterborough set out as novices, therefore it's no shame to be a beginner at Taekwondo, or for that matter any other activity. The objective of a Taekwondo beginners class is to provide a few basics, raise confidence and build a solid base moving forward. Most importantly of all is that it should be fun, students having a great time are going to learn quicker and be more committed.
So, what are you looking to get from doing Taekwondo? Well, that is a good question, and the answer to that will be different for individual people. Most participants will just look to meet new people, gain more confidence and improve their fitness levels. We are definitely not all going to reach the dizzy heights of Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, though maybe you will, who knows? 👊
Basic Taekwondo Kicks
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
Benefits of Taekwondo
- Empower your body and mind through improved physical coordination and mental discipline
- Better self-discipline by extensively educating your mind and body in the doctrines and strategies of Taekwondo
- Increase feelings of self-esteem by maximizing your mental and physical fitness
- Augment stamina, agility and flexibility through intensive cardiovascular work-outs
- Build up confidence by motivating you to succeed and to seize control of your life
- Reduce anxiety and stress using advanced breath control
- Learn self-defence by training you to identify circumstances where self-defence may be required, and enabling you to turn these types of situations in your favour
Peterborough Taekwondo clubs can generally help you with Taekwondo scoring, Taekwondo fitness, Taekwondo uniforms, Taekwondo equipment, Taekwondo for the disabled, the rules of Taekwondo, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo for kids, Taekwondo patterns, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo taster lessons, Taekwondo training and other martial arts stuff in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Also find: Dogsthorpe Taekwondo classes, Walton Taekwondo classes, Fengate Taekwondo classes, Orton Malborne Taekwondo classes, Bretton Taekwondo classes, Woodston Taekwondo classes, New England Taekwondo classes, Old Fletton Taekwondo classes, New Fletton Taekwondo classes, Whittlesey Taekwondo classes, Westwood Taekwondo classes, Garton End Taekwondo classes, Yaxley Taekwondo classes, Longthorpe Taekwondo classes, Wansford Taekwondo classes, Stanground Taekwondo classes, Paston Taekwondo and more Cambridgeshire Taekwondo clubs.
Peterborough Taekwondo classes are not solely for the people of Peterborough itself but also for followers from Garton End, Dogsthorpe, Woodston, Old Fletton, Orton Malborne, Bretton, Longthorpe, Walton, Paston, Westwood, Yaxley, Whittlesey, Fengate, New Fletton, New England, Stanground, Wansford and other surrounding places.
Taekwondo related books: Taekwon-Do Patterns, Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns by Stuart Anslow, Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique, Taekwondo Techniques & Tactics by Thomas Seaborne and Yeon Hwan, TAEKWON-DO: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015) (Kim Bok Man), Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior (Doug Cook), A Killing Art: The Story of Tae Kwon Do by Alex Gillis.
Taekwondo classes in other areas: Motherwell, Irlham, Barrow-in-Furness, Alsager, Walsall, Cowes, Frodsham, Burgess Hill, Weybridge, Loughton, Windsor, Fenton, Neston, Evesham, Nuneaton, Salisbury, Ramsgate, Halifax, Warwick, Dursley, Luton, Chelmsford, Swinton, Scarborough, Haslemere, Cramlington, Brighton.
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