Royston Taekwondo (SG8): If you're planning to take up a new activity which will help you to boost your confidence, bolster your self-respect, develop your mind and body and learn to defend yourself, you might consider Taekwondo as a possible option. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Because Taekwondo has fairly high physical demands, it is perhaps more suitable for the younger generation in Royston. That's not to say that older people cannot participate in this particular activity, but simply that there could be other martial arts which are more suitable for the less nimble of us. Tai Chi is a perfect illustration.
Based mainly around kicking moves and manoeuvres like spinning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking strategies, Taekwondo was developed from the techniques of various martial arts, by a number of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools known as "Kwans" in the nineteen forties and fifties. These "Kwans" had the names Changmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan and Songmu Kwan.
Popular across the world Taekwondo now has over sixty million enthusiasts. Heading along to a local Royston Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. There isn't any reason why you can't become a master of this thrilling martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
For a lot of people in Royston, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these times of increasing violence, particularly in city and town centres, it really is no surprise that this aspect sits high up on people's priority lists. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your capability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect other people and learn self-restraint.
While it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have such self-defence skills in your locker, the likelihood is you will never be required to test them outside the regulated setting of an organized Taekwondo class.
What to Expect From Your First Class
If you've never tried Taekwondo before, you could be somewhat anxious as to what to expect on your very first class. This will be different from school to school but will generally involve all or some of the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen up muscles, some technical training including learning some hand attacks, blocking techniques, stances and kicks, studying some forms, an introduction to sparring including the timing of attacks, movement and timing, and finally a warm down to stretch and relax weary muscles.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within Britain, and membership of this organization is compulsory if you would like to sign up with any Taekwondo class in Royston or nearby. You will be able to find lots of details of health and safety, starting a new Taekwondo club, coaching courses, equality and safeguarding, events, coaches and referees, clubs and members, first aid, news, and more, by popping along to the official British Taekwondo website.
Taekwondo is well known for its powerful kicking manoeuvres, the following are the important ones: Side Kick, Push Kick, Axe Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Back Kick, Front Kick, Hook or Whip Kick, Crescent Kick. Blocks: To repulse the various kicks and hand attacks there are a similarly diverse assortment of blocks (Makgi). Using the hand and different sections of the arm, they are held in diverse positions. Each block can be coordinated with a punch or kick to create a counter-attacking movement, and each block is meant for a particular attack. The main blocks in Taekwondo include: Double Knife Hand Block, Nine Block, Knife Hand Block, Palm Block, Rising Block, Double Forearm Block, Single Forearm Block, Low Block and Upper Block.
Taekwondo for Beginners
As with any activity or sport we need to start somewhere, and Taekwondo's no different. Even the leading Royston Taekwondo exponents were total novices at one time. So, exactly what can you expect as a total novice at Taekwondo? A beginners class should give its pupils enough instruction to teach them the basic principles and allow them to gain confidence as they progress. A perfect beginners class ought to be fun as well as educational, when folks are enjoying themselves they are more engaged and will learn faster.
Taekwondo Safety Gear
Safety gear such as a groin protector, forearm guards, hand protectors, shin guards, blue or red body armour (hogu), a gum shield and a blue/red head guard must be worn in all contests regulated by British Taekwondo. Protection from injuries is crucial thanks to the formidable kicks which are an integral part of this activity.
More Taekwondo Advice and Guidance
Find concepts for learning Taekwondo on YouTube here. To read an interesting and enlightening article about Taekwondo forms, check this out To get to know about the most recent Taekwondo developments on social media check this out. To follow discussions in relation to Taekwondo visit one of the Taekwondo forums, discussions include things like "Health and Fitness", "Self Defense", "Taekwondo Sparring", "The Instructors Room", "General Discussion" and "Taekwondo Patterns". To obtain fighting gloves, foot socks, Taekwondo belts, foam head guards, forearm guards, body defenders, Taekwondo clothes, chest protectors, groin guards, sparring gloves, foot guards, leg stretchers, mats, doboks, shin protectors and gum shields, check out Martial Art Shop. For more info regarding facilities and equipment, the philosophies of Taekwondo, historical influences, promotion, ranking and belts, styles and organisations, competitions, the history of Taekwondo, forms (patterns) and Taekwondo vocabulary, it is recommended that you head over to the Wikipedia "Taekwondo" page.
Benefits Gained From Taekwondo
- Teach you self-defence by helping you to understand situations where self-defence may be necessary, and allowing you to manipulate such circumstances to your advantage
- Augment agility, flexibility and stamina by way of intense cardiovascular effort
- Reduce stress by doing deep breathing exercises
- Improve concentration and self-esteem by elevating both physical and mental health
- Beef up confidence by helping you to succeed and to seize control of your life
- Empower your mind and body via improved mental discipline and physical co-ordination
- Greater discipline by exhaustively educating your body and mind in the concepts and techniques of Taekwondo
Royston Taekwondo clubs can generally help you with Taekwondo training, Taekwondo instruction, private Taekwondo classes, one-to-one Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo for the disabled, beginners Taekwondo, Taekwondo for adults, women's Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo fitness, Taekwondo equipment, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo scoring and more martial arts stuff in Royston, Hertfordshire.
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List of Taekwondo publications: Taekwon-Do Patterns (Jim Hogan), Taekwondo Step Sparring by Sang Kim, ITF Taekwondo: Basic Information and Korean for Belt Gradings (Keith McMullen), Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique by Marc Tedeschi, Taekwondo White to Black Belt: Your Ultimate Grading and Reference Summary (Phil Pearce), Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense, Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo and Koryo.
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