Trowbridge Taekwondo (BA14): If you would like to build your confidence, learn some valuable self-defence techniques, enhance your self-respect and strengthen your body and mind, an ideal activity to get involved in is Taekwondo. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Trowbridge. That is not to say that older people cannot participate in this activity, but simply that there may be other martial arts that are more suited to the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be the perfect example.
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 head kicks, spinning/jumping kicks and rapid kicking techniques. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Trowbridge and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Taekwondo club or class in Trowbridge is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there is no reason why you cannot become a Taekwondo master.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Trowbridge 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 Wiltshire 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 Trowbridge nowadays.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first lesson should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Trowbridge have different ideas about this but roughly; you will take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do a bit of technical training, you will learn some forms, you will practice sparring techniques and finally you will warm-down to get your body back into a state of relaxation.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: There are of course many benefits to be had from doing Taekwondo and here are just a few that may be of interest to you: Help with self-defence by coaching you to identify scenarios in which self-defence may be required, and allowing you to control such circumstances to your advantage, Reduced anxiety and stress using advanced breath control, Empower your body and mind through improved physical coordination and mental discipline, Increase stamina, agility and flexibility by way of strenuous cardiovascular exertion, More discipline by thoroughly schooling your mind and body in the principles and tactics of Taekwondo, Increase concentration and self-esteem by raising both mental and physical powers, Build up your confidence by motivating you to succeed and to seize control of your life.
Tournaments: Taekwondo competitions are held all over the world in all of the various styles. There is generally not much hard contact but sparring, breaking and patterns. Olympic and WT (World Taekwondo) tournaments consist only of sparring, in ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) tournaments certain hand attacks are allowed to the head. Other organizations hold multi-discipline tournaments.
To Summarize: What you get out of Taekwondo will be directly related to what you put into it (as is the case with life in general). Most of you will simply wish to meet different people, make new friends and improve your fitness, some may wish to progress to tournaments and competitions or maybe even the Olympics. But remember, we can't all be a Jade Jones or a Lutalo Muhammad.
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