Ferndown Taekwondo (BH22): A Korean martial art which was created during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you'd like to build your confidence, develop your body and mind, learn self-defence and bolster your self-esteem, Taekwondo could be just the activity for you.
As Taekwondo has fairly high physical requirements, it's perhaps more suitable for the younger people of Ferndown. That isn't to say that elderly people cannot participate in this particular activity, but merely that there may be other martial arts which are more suited to the less nimble of us. Tai Chi is a perfect example.
Based mainly around kicking manoeuvres and moves like fast kicking styles, head-height kicks and spinning/jumping kicks, Taekwondo was developed from the techniques of various diverse martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools known as "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Changmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Songmu Kwan, Mooduk Kwan and Jido Kwan.
Taekwondo has grown to be extremely popular in Ferndown and all over the world, with over sixty million participants worldwide. Becoming a member of a local Ferndown Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved with this sport which has even been a part of the Olympic Games ever since the Sydney Games of 2000. Although you might not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you should not become an expert at this thrilling martial art and have some fun in the process.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it's the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Ferndown consider most interesting. This is not surprising when you consider the rising levels of violence seen in town centres these days. It is a key principle of Taekwondo that you can be confidently able to defend yourself yet learn to respect others and exercise self-restraint.
Such self-defence techniques may at some time come in handy in your everyday life, though it's far more likely that you'll only be testing them within a supervised class environment. Nevertheless it's a wonderful feeling knowing the fact that you can always successfully defend yourself if you need to.
Your First Ferndown Taekwondo Lesson
If you have never dome Taekwondo before, you may be interested to know exactly what is likely to happen on your first lesson. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. 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, some work on forms or patterns, a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent spasms and cramping.
Anyone wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Ferndown has to also register with British Taekwondo which is the regulating body of the sport in Great Britain. You will be able to learn about safe practices, starting a new Taekwondo club, members and clubs, equality and safeguarding, news, events, coaching courses, coaches and referees, first aid, and more on British Taekwondo's website, or get the latest news on their Facebook or Twitter page.
The Eight Basic Taekwondo Kicks
There are numerous different Taekwondo kicking movements, here are just a few of them: Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi). Blocks: To repulse the many kicks and hand attacks there are a similarly diverse array of blocks. They are held in various positions and employ the hands with different parts of the arm. Each and every block can be combined with a kick or punch to create a counter-attack, and each is meant for a certain type of attack. The main blocks include: Rising Block, Double Forearm Block, Upper Block, Single Forearm Block, Knife Hand Block, Nine Block, Low Block, Palm Block and Double Knife Hand Block.
Competitions and Tournaments
Taekwondo competitions and tournaments are held around the world in all the diverse styles. There's normally not a whole lot of hard contact but patterns (forms), breaking and sparring. Olympic and World Taekwondo tournaments comprise only sparring, in International Taekwon-Do Federation contests certain hand attacks are allowed to the head. Other organizations stage multi-discipline competitions.
Even the best exponents of Taekwondo in Ferndown began their journey as newbies, so there is no disgrace in being a beginner at this sport, or in fact any other activity. The aim of a Taekwondo beginners class is to provide just a few basics, raise self-confidence and develop a firm foundation moving forward. Most importantly of all is that it must be fun, trainees having fun will learn quicker and be more committed.
Safety gear like a red or blue body protector (hogu), forearm guards, a red or blue head guard, shin guards, hand protectors, a gum shield and a groin protector are worn in all contests controlled by British Taekwondo. Protection from injuries is vital thanks to the powerful kicks which are part and parcel of this sport.
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- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
Main Benefits of Taekwondo
- Boost confidence by pushing you to succeed and to take control of your life
- More discipline and willpower by thoroughly educating your body and mind in the techniques and principles of Taekwondo
- Learn self-defence by coaching you to recognise scenarios in which self-defence might be necessary, and allowing you to turn these types of scenarios to your advantage
- Improve flexibility, agility and stamina through intense cardiovascular effort
- Reduce stress and anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises
- Toughen up your mind and body via accelerated mental discipline and physical co-ordination
- Improve self-esteem and concentration by raising your mental and physical powers
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Bibliography: Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense by Kevin Hornsey, Taekwondo White to Black Belt: Your Ultimate Grading and Reference Summary by Phil Pearce, Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo and Koryo by Doug Cook and Richard Chun, Official Taekwondo Training Manual by Gaetane Ricke and Soon Man Lee, ITF Taekwondo: Basic Information and Korean for Belt Gradings (Keith McMullen), Taekwondo: The Essential Introduction, Taekwondo Step Sparring (Sang Kim).
More Dorset Taekwondo classes: Poole, Swanage, Corfe Mullen, Ferndown, Wimborne Minster, Christchurch, Sherborne, Wareham, Blandford Forum, Verwood, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Bridport, Dorchester and Shaftesbury.
Taekwondo classes in other UK locations: Hanley, St Neots, Rayleigh, Redruth, West Bridgford, Haydock, Birmingham, Staveley, Stapleford, Irvine, Cheadle Hulme, Keighley, Haverhill, Truro, Gravesend, Stowmarket, Grimsby, Ryde, Newport, Mildenhall, Bridlington, Cottingham, Rainham, Hersham, Weston-super-Mare, Gainsborough, Wallasey.
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(This taekwondo Ferndown content was reviewed and updated on 07-10-2022)