Plymouth Taekwondo (PL1): Originally developed in Korea during the 1940's and 50's, Taekwondo is a fast combatative sport that has become increasingly popular over the last 30 years or so. For those of you who wish to bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind, build your confidence and learn self-defence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Plymouth from taking this up. To be fair, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical health can easily take part and get benefits from this activity.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some exciting new schools known as "kwans", merging various martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the emphasis is on kicking, in particular jumping/turning kicks, rapid kicking styles and head kicks. Nowadays Plymouth Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
People in Plymouth take up Taekwondo for numerous reasons but it is the self-defence element that appeals to most. And when you consider the high levels of violence in town and city centres these days, this is not surprising. The ability to defend yourself while still exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main benefits of Taekwondo.
Your First Plymouth Taekwondo Lesson: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first class should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Plymouth have different ideas about this but roughly; you will take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do a bit of technical training, you will learn some forms, you will practice sparring techniques and finally you will warm-down to get your body back into a state of relaxation.
Plymouth Taekwondo classes are not only intended for folks in Plymouth itself but also for students from Peverell, Mutley, Derriford, Lipson, Torpoint, Devonport, Plym Bridge, Pomphey, Wembury, Estover, Keyham, Home Park, North Prospect, Bickleigh, Hartley, Camels Head and other nearby locations.
Taekwondo Forms: Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as stance, technique and direction. From the outset you will learn some of the basic forms, and in order to progress through the grades (belts) you will need to learn some more advanced ones.
Safety Equipment: In all matches, events and competitions being staged under the auspices of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as hand protectors, a blue or red head guard, a mouth guard, a groin protector, shin pads, blue or red body armour and forearm protectors 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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