Taekwondo West Bromwich
West Bromwich Taekwondo (B70): If you are looking to take up a new hobby that will enable you to learn some self-defence techniques, enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and build your confidence, you should give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible option. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
While people of all ages in West Bromwich can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is particularly suited to the younger generation since it can be quite physically demanding, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Older adults trying Taekwondo for the first time often find it too taxing, unless they have kept themselves active. However those in West Bromwich who take up Taekwondo at a young age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood is not a problem. Tai Chi or something similarly softer might be more suitab le for the less agile of you.
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 turning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Popular all over the world Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, joining a local West Bromwich Taekwondo club or class is a good place to start. There is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art, even if you do not aspire to Olympic competition.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like West Bromwich are taking up self-defence classes like Taekwondo to help them feel safer in their local environment. The self-defence aspect is one of the key factors of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for other people, which are disciplines that are largely missing in modern day life.
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.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: The benefits that can be gained by participating in Taekwondo classes in West Bromwich are many and varied, among the most significant are: Toughen up your mind and body via enhanced mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Reduce stress and anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises, Increase agility, stamina and flexibility through extreme cardiovascular effort, More self-discipline by extensively schooling your body and mind in the principles and tactics of Taekwondo, Improve your self-esteem by intensifying your mental and physical powers, Grow in your confidence by motivating you to succeed and to take control of your life, Teach you self-defence strategies by training you to identify scenarios where self-defence might be required, and allowing you to manipulate these types of scenarios in your favour.
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.
Taekwondo Belts: The belt and ranking system can get rather confusing in Taekwondo because there is no standard system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though and typically there are two distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior group varies across the styles but is commonly between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior group normally has 9 belts or dans.
Summary: We cannot all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I guess that we wouldn't all want to be. Taekwondo isn't just about Olympic titles and National Championships. Most of us are happy to meet different people, improve our levels of fitness and make new friends, and that is how it should be. However, as with most things in life, what you get out of it will depend on what you put into it. Good luck! 👊
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