Swansea Taekwondo (SA1): A Korean martial art that was developed during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you would like to strengthen your mind and body, learn some self-defence techniques, enhance your self-esteem and boost your confidence, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Swansea and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults may find it somewhat too demanding unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Swansea at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like fast kicking methods, head-height kicks and turning/jumping kicks, Taekwondo was formulated from the techniques of different martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools called "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Songmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan.
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.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Swansea 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 Wales 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 Swansea nowadays.
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.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Swansea, 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 Swansea 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.
Swansea Taekwondo classes aren't solely for the people of Swansea but also for enthusiasts from Pontarddulais, The Mumbles, Pontardawe, Port Talbot, Cockett, Plasmarl, Skewen, Rhos, Gorseinon, Morriston, Neath, Cadle, Sketty, Gowerton, Dunvant, West Cross, Llanelli, Clydach, Penlan, Killay and other Wales locations.
Some Taekwondo Kicks: Kicks play a major role in Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Push Kick, Back Kick, Crescent Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Front Kick, Axe Kick, Side Kick, Hook or Whip Kick.
Taekwondo Belts (Rank): With there being various different styles of Taekwondo there has never been any standard system for allocating belts (promotion). What does exist is however fairly similar and consists of two belt groups "junior" and "senior" ("colour" and "black"), each of these groups are divided into ranks, 8 to 12 colours for juniors and 9 for seniors.
Safety Gear: Competitions governed by British Taekwondo rules require various items of protective gear to be used, these include: shin protectors, a groin protector, a mouth protector, red/blue trunk armour, forearm guards, a blue/red head guard and hand guards. This is important because of the powerful kicking attacks being employed.
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Taekwondo SA1 district.