Walton-on-Thames Taekwondo (KT12): 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 learn some self-defence techniques, enhance your self-respect, strengthen your body and mind and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Walton-on-Thames. 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.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like head-height kicks, fast kicking strategies and spinning/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.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Walton-on-Thames and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Walton-on-Thames Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
Of all the many benefits of doing this sport, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Walton-on-Thames find most appealing. And its not surprising that this is on people's list of priorities when you consider the rising levels of violence seen these days in town and city centres throught the United Kingdom. In fact one of the key principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Walton-on-Thames Taekwondo Lesson: For those of you who have never done Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be interested to know what to expect from your first class. This may vary depending on which Walton-on-Thames school you go to, but will usually involve the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to loosen muscles and increase heart rate, some technical training including learning some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocking techniques, learning some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and relax.
Walton-on-Thames Taekwondo classes are not only intended for people in Walton-on-Thames itself but also for followers from Rydens, Brooklands, Weybridge, Kempton Park, Shepperton, Hurst Park, Hersham, Sunbury-on-Thames, Lower Halliford, Hampton, Molesey, Esher, Laleham, Addlestone, West Molesey, Ashley Park and other surrounding areas.
Taekwondo Kicks: Kicks play a key role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a small selection of the more basic ones: Front Kick, Push Kick, Crescent Kick, Axe Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Back Kick, Hook or Whip Kick, Side Kick.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and any person wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Walton-on-Thames must also register with British Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse): Beginners in Taekwondo do not need to worry too much about forms (Poomse, patterns) at the outset but they will learn some basic ones to start with and progress to more complex forms as they move up the belts (grades/dans). A form is signified by certain aspects of Taekwondo including stance, technique and direction. Learning these sequences is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
Safety Equipment: British Taekwondo matches require certain safety equipment to be worn to protect competitors from injury due to the powerful kicks being used. This safety gear includes: a red/blue trunk protector (hogu), a groin protector, hand protectors, a mouth guard, a blue/red head protector, forearm guards and shin guards.
Summary: We can pretty much guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you will gain self-confidence, make more friends and improve your fitness. 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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