Taekwondo St Neots
St Neots Taekwondo (PE19): 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 bolster your self-respect, learn to defend yourself, 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.
If you asked people in St Neots what their views were on Taekwondo, nearly all would say it is a sport for young kids. While the younger and fitter generation should find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to contend with, there's nothing to stop people of any age taking part. Being fairly fit does however help you to enjoy all the complexities of Taekwondo.
With its beginnings in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is certainly one of the more recently developed of the martial arts and involves mainly kicking moves such as jumping/turning kicks, rapid kicking techniques and head kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in St Neots join classes and take up the sport. There has been a worrying increase in violent behaviour in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres around Cambridgeshire and the UK in general. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and respect for others, not such common qualities in St Neots nowadays.
While it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have these self-defence skills in your locker, the chances are that you'll never need to use them outside of an organized Taekwondo class.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first lesson. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank): In Taekwondo there is really no standardization when it comes to belts and ranking. It all depends on which style you are looking at, since there are so many different Taekwondo styles. They are however usually divided into two groups "junior" or "colour" belts and "senior" or "black" belts. The junior/colour ranks range from white to red, with anything from 8 to 12 ranks, while the senior/black belts usually have 9 ranks.
Taekwondo Competitions: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates sparring, breaking and patterns (forms), in the Olympics only sparring is involved. That being said there may also be some special events in certain tournaments such as self-defence and team demonstrations. WT (World Taekwondo) competitions are purely soft-contact affairs, while ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) competitions allow some hand attacks to the head. There are also some multi-discipline competitions.
St Neots Taekwondo for Beginners: It doesn't matter who you are or what you're capable of in Taekwondo, at one stage you were a total novice, knowing nothing and fearing failure. We have all started at that point and can only learn and improve with practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in St Neots are the place to start that learning process and to pick up the basics so that you can gain confidence and move forward in your Taekwondo adventure. Most beginner classes are set up to be fun and friendly, offering a slow introduction to the basic Taekwondo principles and building a solid foundation for the future.
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Summary: We can pretty much guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you will make new friends, improve your wellbeing and gain more confidence. If that is all you get out of it, then all well and good, you can call it a success! We aren't all striving to be Jade Jones's or Lutalo Muhammad's, but those of you who are need to start with the first step. Good luck on your journey!
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