Salisbury Taekwondo (SP1): Learning a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are a popular choice these days. Taking up something like Taekwondo enables you to learn some self-defence moves, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and build your confidence. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Salisbury from taking this up. To be fair, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical health can easily take part and get benefits from this activity.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in around 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, rapid kicking styles and turning/jumping kicks.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Salisbury and with over sixty million others throughout the world. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to have a go, heading along to your local Salisbury Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get involved. Whilst nobody would seriously expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Salisbury.
For many people in Salisbury, 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.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you'll be wondering what to expect. This may vary from class to class but will generally involve all or most of the following. A 15 to 20 minute warm up to loosen muscles and increase your heart rate, a bit of technical training comprising some kicks, stances, blocking techniques and hand attacks, learning the basic forms or patterns, a few ideas on sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
Taekwondo 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 technique, stance and direction.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank): The belt and ranking system can get rather confusing in Taekwondo because there is no standard system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though and typically there are two distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior group varies across the styles but is commonly between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior group normally has 9 belts or dans.
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