Redhill Taekwondo (RH1): Initially introduced in Korea in the nineteen forties and fifties, Taekwondo is a fast combatative sport that's become exceedingly popular over the last thirty years or so. For people who need to learn some self-defence moves, develop your body and mind, build your confidence and enhance your self-esteem, Taekwondo could be the ideal pastime or fitness activity.
As a result of its rather more physical attributes, Taekwondo is perhaps more suitable for the younger generation in Redhill and is particularly suited to kids because it is fantastic for developing respect for others and self-discipline. Older adults may find it a bit too strenuous unless they're particularly fit and active. Even so, those folks who take up Taekwondo in Redhill from a young age will find that they can easily continue with it when they're older. The less nimble of you could consider something gentler like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its early beginnings in Korea in 1945. A number of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some schools which they called "kwans", merging various martial arts practices. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, primarily entails high-kicking manoeuvres, especially head kicks, spinning/jumping kicks and fast kicking techniques.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million enthusiasts worldwide and has become very popular in Redhill and throughout the UK. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to have a go, joining your local Redhill Taekwondo class or club is a great way to get involved. There is no reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this exciting sport, even if you've got no desire to take part in the Olympics.
For the people of Redhill who want to learn a martial art, a major priority is the element of self-defence. Since this is an important concept of Taekwondo, it's not difficult to see the attraction of this unique sport. With the extra reward of learning self-restraint and having a degree of respect for other people, registering for a local Redhill Taekwondo class seems to be an easy decision.
While its good to know they are there when you need them, with a bit of luck you will not ever have the need to use your newly discovered Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club surroundings.
Your First Redhill Taekwondo Class
Different Taekwondo schools in Redhill will have different viewpoints on what learners should cover on their first class, but to give you an idea of what you can expect most first Taekwondo classes will include things like a warm-up, some sparring, learning basic Poomse (forms), an introduction to stances, hand attacks, blocking techniques and kicks (practical training) and a final warm-down to stretch weary muscles and return the body to a state of relaxation.
Taekwondo also of course has got its own governing body, and in Great Britain it is British Taekwondo. Everybody wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Redhill must become members of this organisation. You'll be able to find out about members and clubs, referees and coaching, first aid, establishing a new club, coaching courses, safe practices, events, equality and safeguarding, news, and more on British Taekwondo's official website, or find the latest news on their Twitter or Facebook page.
Taekwondo is perhaps most recognized for its fast-moving kicks, here are a few of the standard kicks you'll learn as a beginner: Crescent Kick, Push Kick, Axe Kick, Side Kick, Hook or Whip Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Front Kick, Back Kick. Blocks: To defend against the numerous kicks and hand attacks there are a similarly diverse range of blocks. Employing the hands and different sections of the arm, they are held in various positions. Certain attacks necessitate particular "blocks", but blocks can also be changed into counter-attacking manoeuvres by the combination of reciprocal kicks or punches. The primary "blocks" include: Double Forearm Block, Double Knife Hand Block, Nine Block, Single Forearm Block, Low Block, Upper Block, Palm Block, Knife Hand Block and Rising Block.
Taekwondo forms (also referred to as patterns or Poomse) are distinguished by certain activities such as direction, stance and technique. From the start you'll get to grips with a few of the important forms, and so as to progress through the levels (belts) you'll have to learn some more technical ones.
Taekwondo Belts (Promotion)
With regards to promotion, ranking and belts there's not actually any real standardisation in Taekwondo, as there are many different styles of Taekwondo which each have their own specific arrangement. There are however similarities and they generally comprise a couple of groups of belts "juniors" and "seniors" symbolized by coloured and black belts respectively, . The senior ranks usually have nine tiers and the junior, eight to twelve tiers.
A regular Taekwondo tournament includes patterns, breaking and sparring, as far as the Olympics is concerned only sparring is involved. Having said that there can also be a few unique events in certain competitions such as team demonstrations and self-defence. WT contests are strictly soft-contact affairs, whilst ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) contests allow some hand attacks to the head. There are in addition a few multi-discipline contests.
We cannot all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I reckon that we wouldn't all want to be. Taekwondo isn't solely about Olympic titles and National Championships. Most of us are happy to meet different people, improve our fitness and make new friends, and that's how it should be. Yet, as with many things in life, what you get out of it will depend on what you put into it. Good luck and enjoy!
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Watch a You Tube video on Taekwondo here. To ask questions about Taekwondo visit the ever popular Taekwondo Forum, discussion threads include things like "General Discussion", "The Instructors Room", "Taekwondo Patterns", "Health and Fitness", "Self Defense" and "Taekwondo Sparring". To shop for foot socks, men's and women's groin guards, head guards, chest protectors, Taekwondo belts, forearm guards, focus pads, sparring gloves, doboks, body defenders, fighting gloves, gum shields, shin protectors, Taekwondo apparel, mats and foot guards, pop along to Amazon. For more information regarding equipment and facilities, promotion, belts and ranking, styles and organisations, historical influences, competitions, the history of Taekwondo, vocabulary, the philosophy of Taekwondo and forms (patterns), pay a visit to Wikipedia. To check out an excellent article about Taekwondo forms, click here To get the low down on the newest Taekwondo developments on social websites check this out.
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