Poole Taekwondo (BH15): If you have been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to strengthen your body and mind, learn some self-defence techniques, boost your confidence and bolster your self-respect, Taekwondo could be ideal for you. This more modern of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after WW2.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Poole. That is not to say that older people cannot participate in this activity, but simply that there may be other martial arts that are more suited to the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be the perfect example.
With its beginnings in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is certainly one of the more recently developed of the martial arts and involves mainly kicking moves such as head-height kicks, turning/jumping kicks and rapid kicking techniques. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Poole and with over 60 million others worldwide. If you want to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, joining a Taekwondo club or class in Poole is a good place to start. There is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art, even if you do not aspire to Olympic competition.
For many people in Poole, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. However, exercising a good helping of self-restraint and having respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Poole Taekwondo Lesson: Different Taekwondo clubs in Poole will have different ideas about what pupils should cover on their first class, but to give you an idea of what to expect most first Taekwondo lessons will include a warm-up, some sparring, learning Poomse (forms), an introduction to blocks, kicks, hand attacks and stances (technical training) and a warm-down to stretch tired muscles and return the body to a state of equilibrium.
Tournaments: Competitions are an important part of the overall Taekwondo experience and all of the different styles all over the world hold tournaments where Taekwondo masters come together to compete. Hard contact is rarely allowed in any of these competitions which mainly incorporate patterns (forms), breaking and sparring. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and WT tournaments, while some hand attacks are tolerated in ITF events.
Safety Gear: Safety gear such as forearm guards, a red/blue body protector (hogu), shin guards, a red/blue head guard, a mouth protector, hand protectors and a groin guard are used in all matches overseen by British Taekwondo. Protection from injury is necessary because of the powerful kicks that are part and parcel of this sport.
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Taekwondo BH15 region.