Reading Taekwondo (RG1): Developed during the 1940's in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art that has grown in popularity in recent years. Renowned as a way to strengthen your mind and body, boost your confidence, enhance your self-esteem and learn some valuable self-defence techniques, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
Taekwondo is generally a lot more demanding physically than for example Tai Chi, so unless you are pretty fit and agile you might prefer to find something a little gentler to improve your fitness in Reading. Younger children are certainly the perfect participants for Taekwondo classes in Reading, with lots of fast movements going on and plenty of high kicking.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts in Seoul founded some exciting new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a mixture of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it later became known as, mostly entails kicking movements, in particular jumping/spinning kicks, rapid kicking techniques and head-height kicks. Today Reading Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over 60 million followers worldwide, and while you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games athlete, you can still join a Taekwondo club or class to learn what will no doubt turn out to be a fascinating and rewarding activity.
For the people of Reading who wish to learn a martial art, a top priority is the aspect of self-defence. Since this is a key principle of Taekwondo, it is easy to see the appeal of this particular sport. With the added bonus of learning self-restraint and having a deep respect for others, signing up for a local Reading Taekwondo class seems to be a no brainer.
These self-defence techniques may at some point come in handy in the outside world, although it is more likely that you will only be using them within a monitored class environment. However it's a nice feeling knowing that you can always defend yourself if you need to.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first lesson. 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.
Reading Taekwondo classes aren't only suitable for folks in Reading but also for students from Whitley, Pingewood, Lower Earley, Caversham, Southcote, Emmer Green, Theale, Woodley, Pangbourne, Norcot, Purley on Thames, Mapledurham, Tilehurst, Englefield, Earley, Calcot, Shinfield, Sonning and other nearby places.
If you want to join a Taekwondo club in Reading, you'll also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Patterns (Forms): Forms are a key element of Taekwondo and are essential if you are to master this fascinating martial art. Some basic forms must be learned at the beginning and more complex forms must be mastered in order to progress through the various belts. A Taekwondo form is characterized by various aspects such as direction, technique and stance.
Taekwondo Beginners Classes: With any sport or activity we have to start somewhere, and Taekwondo is no different. Even the topmost Reading Taekwondo masters were complete novices at one point. So, what can you expect as a complete beginner at Taekwondo? Beginner classes should give its students enough training to teach them the basics and allow them to gain confidence as they progress. The perfect beginners class should be fun as well as educational, when people are having fun they are more engaged and will learn faster.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: Competitions governed by British Taekwondo rules require various items of protective gear to be used, these include: forearm guards, red/blue trunk armour (hogu), a red/blue head protector, a mouth protector, shin protectors, hand guards and a groin guard. This is important because of the powerful kicking attacks being employed.
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