Wythall Taekwondo (B47): Created during the 1940's in Korea, South-East Asia, Taekwondo is a martial art that has grown dramatically in popularity over the last few years. Recognized as a way to bolster your self-esteem, learn a bit of self-defence, strengthen your mind and body and build your confidence, it's been embraced by large numbers of fitness enthusiasts all over the world.
While people of any age in Wythall 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. It could prove too challenging for some older adults, but should not be an issue for those who are already fit and active. People in Wythall who take up Taekwondo when they may be young find it easy to continue when they get older. Something a bit softer like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo is a martial art that primarily involves kicking manoeuvres and moves, in particular fast kicking styles, head kicks and turning/jumping kicks. It started in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a number of martial arts enthusiasts established schools known as "kwans", which blended various martial arts techniques.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Wythall and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, joining a local Wythall Taekwondo club or class is a good place to start. While the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this thrilling martial art.
For many folks in Wythall, it's the self-defence element of Taekwondo that holds the most appeal. And in these days of increasing violence, especially in city and town centres, it is no surprise that this aspect sits high up on people's priority lists. It is a primary factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your capability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your eagerly mastered Taekwondo skills will most likely never need to be tested outside the regulated setting of an actual Taekwondo class, however being aware that you have them will instill you with self-confidence.
Your First Wythall Taekwondo Class
For those of you who've never tried Taekwondo before, you'll no doubt be interested to know what to expect from your first class. The following will give you a pretty good idea, but this may vary from school to school. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, some technical training which will involve learning some kicks, stances, blocks and hand attacks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to loosen up and stretch tired muscles.
British Taekwondo is the official regulating body of the sport within the United Kingdom, and membership of this organization is mandatory should you wish to sign up with any Taekwondo class in Wythall or nearby. You can find out about coaches and referees, health and safety, coaching courses, members and clubs, first aid, equality and safeguarding, events, launching a new Taekwondo club, news, and more on British Taekwondo's website, or find the latest news on their Twitter or Facebook page.
Taekwondo Patterns (Forms)
Beginners in Taekwondo don't have to worry excessively about forms (patterns, Poomse) initially, but they'll have to familiarise themselves with some basic ones for starters and move on to more challenging forms as they move through the belts (grades/dans). A form is indicated by certain aspects of Taekwondo including technique, stance and direction. Learning these sequences is a key part of mastering Taekwondo.
Beginners Taekwondo Wythall
Even the very best exponents of Taekwondo in Wythall began their journey as newbies, so it's no shame to be a complete beginner at this sport, or any other activity for that matter. The goal of a Taekwondo beginner class is to teach a few basics, increase self-confidence and build a solid base moving forward. Most importantly of all is that it should be fun, trainees having a great time will learn quicker and be more committed.
Taekwondo Safety Gear
Matches regulated by British Taekwondo rules demand that specific pieces of protective equipment be worn, these include: a blue/red head guard, a groin guard, shin guards, a gum shield, a blue or red body protector (hogu), hand protectors and forearm guards. This is vital because of the forceful kicking attacks being practiced.
We cannot all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I guess we wouldn't all want to be. Taekwondo isn't just about Olympic titles and National Championships. Most of us are content to make new friends, improve our fitness and meet different people, and that's how it ought to be. However, as with most things in life, what you get out of it will be based upon what you invest in it. Good luck and enjoy! 👊
Taekwondo Help, Information and Social Media
To learn more about equipment and facilities, historical influences, the history of Taekwondo, organisations and styles, forms (patterns), the philosophy of Taekwondo, promotion, ranking and belts, vocabulary and competitions, have a look at Wikipedia. To read a fascinating little article about Taekwondo tournaments around the world, click here To follow discussions about Taekwondo visit the Taekwondo Forum, discussion topics include "The Instructors Room", "Health and Fitness", "Taekwondo Sparring", "Self Defense", "Taekwondo Patterns" and "General Discussion". To see the latest trends on social websites check this out. To shop for foot guards, sparring gloves, target paddles, mats, Taekwondo outfits, head guards, doboks, men's and women's groin guards, gum shields, fighting gloves, body protectors, forearm protectors, shin guards, Taekwondo belts, foot socks and chest guards, pay a visit to Fight Equipment UK. Find out how to do Taekwondo on You Tube here.
- Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
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Bibliography: ITF Taekwondo: Basic Information and Korean for Belt Gradings by Keith McMullen, TAEKWON-DO: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015) (Kim Bok Man), Taekwondo White to Black Belt: Your Ultimate Grading and Reference Summary by Phil Pearce, Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique (Marc Tedeschi), Official Taekwondo Training Manual, A Killing Art: The Story of Tae Kwon Do (Alex Gillis), Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence.
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