Ascot Taekwondo (SL5): A Korean martial art that was formulated during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you'd like to build your confidence, learn self-defence, develop your body and mind and enhance your self-esteem, Taekwondo could be precisely the pastime for you.
While people of all ages in Ascot 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 Ascot who take up Taekwondo at a young age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood is not a problem. If you are less agile you could always try something a bit softer such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
Based mainly around high-kicking moves and manoeuvres like fast kicking styles, head kicks and jumping/spinning kicks, Taekwondo was developed from the practices of different martial arts, by a number of Seoul martial arts specialists in new schools called "Kwans" in the nineteen forties and fifties. These "Kwans" had the names Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan, Songmu Kwan, Changmu Kwan and Chungdo Kwan.
With more than 60 million individuals engaged in Taekwondo sessions all around the globe, this has unquestionably become an extremely popular activity, and if you really master this sport you may possibly one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part ever since the 2000 Sydney Games.
In these times of ever-increasing violence, it's no surprise that individuals in places like Ascot are attending self-defence training such as Taekwondo to help them feel safer and more secure in their everyday life. The self-defence aspect is one of the key benefits of Taekwondo but at the same time it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for others around us, which are traits that are frequently missing in 21st century living.
Your eagerly mastered Taekwondo skills will most likely never need to be tested outside the controlled atmosphere of an organised Taekwondo class, however being aware of the fact that you have them will instill you with self-confidence.
Your First Class
Different Taekwondo clubs in and around Ascot will have different guidelines for what learners should cover on their first class, but to give you an idea of what you should expect most first Taekwondo lessons will incorporate a warm-up, a bit of sparring, learning simple Poomse (forms), an introduction to kicks, blocks, hand attacks and stances (technical training) and a warm-down to relax weary muscles and return the body to a state of equilibrium.
The UK official regulating body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you want to sign up with a Taekwondo club in Ascot, you will also be required to become a member of this respected organization. By heading to British Taekwondo's website you can discover information on safeguarding and equality, health and safety, events, coaching courses, first aid, news, beginning a new club, clubs and members, coaches and tournament referees, and many more Taekwondo related facts.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse)
Beginners in Taekwondo do not need to worry excessively about forms (Poomse, patterns) initially, but they'll learn some basic ones to begin with and move forward to more elaborate forms as they progress through the various belts (dans/grades). A "form" is signified by specific elements of Taekwondo including stance, direction and technique. Learning such sequences is a key part of mastering Taekwondo.
Competitions and tournaments are a significant aspect of the overall Taekwondo experience, and all of the diverse styles all over the world stage tournaments where Taekwondo masters come together to compete. Hard contact is rarely allowed in any of these contests which mostly incorporate breaking, sparring and patterns. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and WT (World Taekwondo) tournaments, whilst some hand attacks are permitted in ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) events.
We can pretty much guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you will gain self-confidence, improve your levels of fitness and make more friends. If that's all you get out of it, then that is amazing, you can call it an achievement! We're not all striving to be Jade Jones's or Lutalo Muhammad's, but those of you who are, still need to start with that first step. Good luck with your quest!
Taekwondo Help, Information and Social Media
To discover more about Taekwondo on social websites check this out. See a basic YouTube guide on Taekwondo here. To buy mats, foot socks, foot guards, target paddles, forearm guards, Taekwondo clothes, sparring gloves, foam head guards, chest guards, fighter gloves, belts, body protectors, shin guards, groin guards, gum shields and doboks, have a look at Fight Equipment UK. To ask questions concerning Taekwondo visit the Taekwondo Forum (here), discussions include things like "Health and Fitness", "Taekwondo Sparring", "General Discussion", "Taekwondo Patterns", "Self Defense" and "The Instructors Room". To read a compelling article about Taekwondo rules, click here You could have a look at the Wikipedia webpage to read about vocabulary, equipment and facilities, ranks, belts and promotion, the history of Taekwondo, styles and organisations, competitions, school of thought, historical influences and forms (patterns).
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
Main Benefits of Taekwondo
- Toughen up your mind and body via enhanced mental discipline and physical co-ordination
- Grow in your confidence by motivating you to succeed and to seize control of your life
- Improve concentration and self-esteem by maximizing your physical and mental fitness
- Turbocharge flexibility, agility and stamina by means of intense cardiovascular work-outs
- Reduce anxiety using advanced breath control
- More discipline and willpower by exhaustively educating your mind and body in the techniques and principles of Taekwondo
- Help with self-defence by training you to identify circumstances where self-defence may be required, and enabling you to manipulate these scenarios to your advantage
Ascot Taekwondo teachers can normally help you with Taekwondo forms, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo equipment, women's Taekwondo, Taekwondo tuition, Taekwondo kicks, Taekwondo for self-defence, Taekwondo for children, Taekwondo for seniors, Taekwondo sparring, Taekwondo scoring and other martial arts stuff in Ascot, Berkshire.
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Ascot Taekwondo classes aren't just suitable for the people of Ascot but also for martial arts followers from South Ascot, Winkfield Row, Sunninghill, Wood End, Bullbrook, Egham, Windsor, Warfield, Cheapside, North Ascot, Chavey Down, Bracknell, Windlesham, Englefield Green, Virginia Water, Longcross, Sunningdale and other Berkshire locations.
Suggested reading: Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo and Koryo, Taekwon-Do Patterns: From Beginner to Black Belt by Jim Hogan, Taekwondo Techniques & Tactics, Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense by Kevin Hornsey, Complete Taekwondo Poomsae: The Official Taegeuk, Palgwae, and Black Belt Forms of Taekwondo by Kyu Hyung Lee and Sang Kim, ITF Taekwondo: Basic Information and Korean for Belt Gradings, Taekwondo: The Essential Introduction (Marc Tedeschi).
More Berkshire Taekwondo classes: Woodley, Windsor, Bracknell, Sandhurst, Sunninghill, Slough, Wokingham, Maidenhead, Winkfield, Finchampstead, Reading, Ascot, Tilehurst, Twyford, Thatcham, Crowthorne and Newbury.
Taekwondo classes in other UK locations: Rhyl, Grays, Finchampstead, Maltby, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Christchurch, Conisbrough, Aldershot, Bedlington, Bury, Tynemouth, Sandhurst, Haywards Heath, Chapeltown, Caerphilly, South Woodham Ferrers, Leeds, Gorleston, Abbots Langley, Porthcawl, Livingston, Leamington Spa, Bristol, Spalding, Carlton, Crowthorne, Sunbury-on-Thames.
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(This taekwondo Ascot article was successfully updated on 07-10-2022)