Wolverhampton Taekwondo (WV1): 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 strengthen your mind and body, learn some self-defence moves, enhance your self-respect and boost 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 Wolverhampton. 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 rapid kicking techniques, head-height kicks and jumping/turning kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Since the Sydney Olympic Games in the year 2000, Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport. This has made it even more popular worlwide with some 60 million people actively taking part in classes. And it is by joining a Taekwondo club or class that you can begin your journey of learning this fascinating art.
For many people in Wolverhampton, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your First Class: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first class should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Wolverhampton 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 Main Taekwondo Kicks: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi).
The 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: Turbocharge flexibility, agility and stamina by means of strenuous cardiovascular exertion, Empower your mind and body through accelerated mental discipline and physical co-ordination, More discipline and willpower by comprehensively schooling your body and mind in the strategies and principles of Taekwondo, Build confidence by inspiring you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Help with self-defence by helping you understand occasions where self-defence may be required, and allowing you to control such scenarios to your advantage, Lower stress and anxiety with controlled breathing, Improve self-esteem by raising your physical and mental health.
Taekwondo Forms: Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as technique, direction and stance. From the outset you will learn some of the basic forms, and in order to progress through the grades (belts) you will need to learn some more advanced ones.
Taekwondo Tournaments: Competitions are an important part of the overall Taekwondo experience and all of the different styles all over the world hold tournaments where Taekwondo masters come together to compete. Hard contact is rarely allowed in any of these competitions which mainly incorporate sparring, breaking and patterns. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and WT tournaments, while some hand attacks are tolerated in ITF events.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: Safety gear such as a red or blue head protector, a mouth guard, a groin guard, forearm guards, red or blue body armour, hand guards and shin pads are used in all matches overseen by British Taekwondo. Protection from injury is necessary because of the powerful kicks that are part and parcel of this sport.
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