Sale Taekwondo (M33): A Korean martial art which was created in the nineteen forties, Taekwondo has grown considerably in popularity since then. If you'd like to develop your body and mind, enhance your self-respect, build your confidence and learn a bit of self-defence, Taekwondo might be precisely the pastime for you.
While not wanting to discourage any particular age group, it has to be said that Taekwondo is more suited to younger people in Sale, being quite physically demanding. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. Older adults may find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. For those people who take up Taekwondo when they are younger, continuing the experience into adulthood should not be a problem. Tai Chi or something similarly softer might be more suitab le for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly comprises high-kicking manoeuvres and moves, in particular rapid kicking styles, head kicks and turning/jumping kicks. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a group of martial arts enthusiasts founded schools known as "kwans", which mixed together various martial arts techniques.
At present an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over sixty million practitioners all over the world, and although you might not aspire to be an Olympic Games medalist, you're still able to join a Taekwondo club or class to master what will no doubt turn out to be a fascinating and worthwhile pastime.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally has the most appeal to people in Sale. 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. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
While its great to know that you can defend yourself any time you need to, you should be hoping that you never need to test this outside of your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Taekwondo Class
If you elect to register for Taekwondo training in Sale, the first thing you'll wish to know is what is going to transpire on the very first class and exactly what will the trainer be expecting of you. Different Taekwondo masters in the Sale area will formulate diverse routines for this initial introductory lesson but you can count on doing a 15-20 minute warm-up to loosen your muscles and get the blood flowing, learn several Poomse (forms, go through some technical training (stances, hand attacks, kicks and blocking techniques), do some sparring, and last but not least, a warm-down.
Everyone who's a registered member of a Taekwondo class in Sale or any place else in Great Britain, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport. You can get loads of details about equality and safeguarding, coaching courses, news, referees and coaching, events, first aid, safe practices, launching a new club, members and clubs, and more, by viewing British Taekwondo's website.
There are a multitude of competitions and tournaments in Taekwondo involving all the diverse styles. They mostly include breaking, sparring and patterns (forms) with hardly any "hard contact". ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) contests don't allow excessive contact but do allow hand attacks aimed at the head. WT and Olympic tournaments allow only sparring. Multi-style competitions are also held.
Basic Taekwondo Kicks
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
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Sale Taekwondo classes aren't just suitable for the people of Sale but also for enthusiasts from Stretford, Ashton upon Mersey, Timperley, Urmston, Didsbury, West Timperley, Brooklands, Withington, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Flixton, Wythenshawe, Woodhouses, Barlow Moor, Northenden, Broadheath and other nearby locations.
Bibliography: Taekwondo White to Black Belt: Your Ultimate Grading and Reference Summary by Phil Pearce, Taekwon-Do Patterns: From Beginner to Black Belt (Jim Hogan), A Killing Art: The Story of Tae Kwon Do, Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique, Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior by Doug Cook, Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense by Kevin Hornsey, ITF Taekwondo: Basic Information and Korean for Belt Gradings by Keith McMullen.
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