Redditch Taekwondo (B98): 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 learn some self-defence techniques, strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-esteem and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Redditch. 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.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like fast kicking methods, jumping/spinning kicks and head kicks, Taekwondo was formulated from the techniques of different martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools called "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Songmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan.
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 many people in Redditch, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
What to Expect From Your First Class: Different Taekwondo clubs in Redditch 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.
Redditch Taekwondo classes aren't only intended for folks in Redditch itself but also for enthusiasts from Batchley, Southcrest, Alvechurch, Woodrow, Enfield, Astwood, Oakenshaw, Foxlydiate, Park Farm South, Worcester, Studley Common, Headless Cross, Hewell Lane, Webheath, Lakeside, Hanbury and other surrounding places.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is probably best known for its acrobatic kicking, here are some of the basic kicks you'll learn as a novice: Roundhouse Kick, Push Kick, Front Kick, Back Kick, Crescent Kick, Side Kick, Axe Kick, Whip or Hook Kick.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank): With there being various different styles of Taekwondo there has never been any standard system for allocating belts (promotion). What does exist is however fairly similar and consists of two belt groups "junior" and "senior" ("colour" and "black"), each of these groups are divided into ranks, 8 to 12 colours for juniors and 9 for seniors.
Taekwondo Tournaments: Taekwondo competitions are held all over the world in all of the various styles. There is generally not much hard contact but sparring, patterns 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.
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Taekwondo B98 district.