Beaconsfield Taekwondo (HP9): A Korean martial art that was formulated during the nineteen forties, Taekwondo has grown considerably in popularity since then. If you would like to bolster your self-respect, learn a bit of self-defence, boost your confidence and develop your body and mind, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
On account of its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is maybe more suited to the younger person in Beaconsfield and is especially suitable for children because it's fantastic for developing respect for others and self-discipline. Older adults may find it a bit too demanding unless they are especially fit and active. However, those folks who take up Taekwondo in Beaconsfield from a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less nimble of you might consider participating in something gentler like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). This combination of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some new schools in Seoul called "kwans", founded by a group of Korean martial artists. This eventually became known as Taekwondo and the main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/spinning kicks, fast kicking techniques and head-height kicks.Today Beaconsfield Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
With more than 60 million people engaged in Taekwondo classes all over the world, this has certainly become a popular activity, and if you become really expert at the martial art you might even one day be eligible for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
A key element of Taekwondo is self-defence, and not surprisingly this is one of the primary reasons that individuals in Beaconsfield sign up to classes and take up the sport. There's been a disconcerting increase in violent practices over the last few years and this is particularly widespread in town and city centres around Buckinghamshire and Britain as a whole. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also promotes self-discipline and a deep respect for other people, not such common attributes in Beaconsfield nowadays.
There's a pretty decent chance that your eagerly mastered Taekwondo skills will never need to be used in the outside world, but it will unquestionably give you reassurance knowing that they are there should you ever need them.
Your First Class
If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. There may be variations to the following, depending on which Beaconsfield Taekwondo school you attend, but you can roughly expect; A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase heart rate and loosen your muscles, a bit of technical training involving learning some blocks, stances, kicks and hand attacks, learning some forms (or Poomse), some ideas on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent spasms and cramping.
The UK's governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you would like to sign up to Taekwondo club in Beaconsfield, you will also be required to become a member of this respected organization. You will be able to learn about events, coaching courses, first aid, coaches and competition referees, safe practices, beginning a new club, clubs and members, safeguarding and equality, news, and more on the official British Taekwondo website, or get the latest news stories on their Facebook or Twitter page.
Of all the martial arts, Taekwondo has the widest number of kicking techniques. Among them are: Front Kick, Back Kick, Whip or Hook Kick, Axe Kick, Crescent Kick, Push Kick, Side Kick, Roundhouse Kick. Taekwondo Blocks: To stop and avert an incoming attack, "blocks" (called Makgi) are implemented. They are held in particular positions and engage the hand with areas of the arm. Each type of attack calls for a specific sort of block, counter-attacking moves can be created by combining a block with another punch or kick. The primary blocks used in Taekwondo include: Nine Block, Double Forearm Block, Single Forearm Block, Palm Block, Knife Hand Block, Low Block, Upper Block, Rising Block and Double Knife Hand Block.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse)
People just starting out Taekwondo do not need to worry too much about forms (patterns, Poomse) in the early days, but they'll get to grips with some basic ones for starters and move forward to more elaborate "forms" as they progress through the various belts (dans/grades). A "form" is indicated by particular aspects of Taekwondo including direction, stance and technique. Getting to grips with these techniques is an important part of perfecting Taekwondo.
There are a wide variety of competitions and tournaments in Taekwondo involving all the diverse styles. They largely involve breaking, patterns and sparring with almost no hard contact. International Taekwon-Do Federation contests do not allow substantial contact but sometimes allow hand attacks to be aimed at the head. World Taekwondo and Olympic tournaments allow only sparring. Multi-style contests also take place.
Competitions controlled by British Taekwondo rules demand that certain items of protective gear be used, these include things like: forearm protectors, hand guards, a gum shield, a groin guard, shin pads, blue or red trunk armour and a blue or red head guard. This is vital because of the vigorous kicking actions being practiced.
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(This taekwondo Beaconsfield article was reviewed and updated on 07-10-2022)