Shrewsbury Taekwondo (SY1): 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 strengthen your mind and body, learn self-defence, bolster your self-esteem and boost your confidence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
While not intending to be in any way ageist, Taekwondo can be rather physical and is generally more suited to younger people in Shrewsbury, it is especially good for children who will learn to be self-disciplined and respecting of others. Older adults who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too taxing. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Shrewsbury, started when they were younger. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
The discipline was developed in Korea in 1945, though it was not given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools known as "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, especially spinning/jumping kicks, fast kicking techniques and head-height kicks.
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 Shrewsbury, 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.
There's a pretty good chance that your newly learned Taekwondo skills will never need to be used in the outside world, but it will certainly give you peace of mind knowing that they are there should you need them.
Your First Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Shrewsbury, the first thing you will want to know is what will happen on the first class and what will the tutor be expecting of you. Different Taekwondo masters in Shrewsbury will compile differing routines for this initial lesson but you can expect to do a 15 minute warm-up to get the blood flowing and loosen your muscles, learn a few forms (Poomse), cover some technical training (stances, kicks, blocks), do a bit of sparring, and lastly warm-down.
Shrewsbury Taekwondo classes are not simply for people in Shrewsbury but also for devotees from Cherry Orchard, Gravelhill, Upton Magna, Coleham, Meole Brace, Radbrook, Uffington, Frankwell, Ditherington, Battlefield, Atcham, Great Hanwood, Harlescott, Annscroft, Kingsland, Bicton Heath, Bicton, Sutton, Sweet Lake, Montford Bridge, Underdale, Bayston Hill and other surrounding locations.
Taekwondo Belts: When it comes to promotion, ranking and belts there isn't actually any standardization in Taekwondo, since there are various different styles of Taekwondo which each have their own system in place. They are however similarities and they generally comprise two groups of belts "seniors" and "juniors", represented by black and coloured belts respectively. The senior rankings generally have 9 levels and the junior, between 8 and 12 levels.
Taekwondo Tournaments and Competitions: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve breaking, patterns (forms) and sparring with very little hard contact. International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) competitions don't allow excessive contact but do allow hand attacks to the head. World Taekwondo (WT) and Olympic competitions allow only sparring. Multi-style competitions also take place.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: In all matches, events and competitions being staged under the auspices of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as a red/blue head protector, a mouth protector, a groin guard, red/blue trunk armour, hand guards, forearm protectors and shin pads is mandatory. The kicking tactics used in Taekwondo can cause injury and this all helps to make the sport safer for its competitors.
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