Haslemere Taekwondo (GU27): If you have been looking around Haslemere for some ideas for a new hobby, you may want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this sport will help you to develop your body and mind, learn a bit of self-defence, bolster your self-esteem and build your confidence. This more modern martial art has quickly gained popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Taekwondo is quite physically demanding, which means it may be considered more suitable for the younger rather than the older generation in Haslemere. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it particularly good for children. Older adults who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too taxing. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Haslemere, started when they were younger. The less agile of you might find that Tai Chi which is a bit softer is more suitable.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mostly features kicking manoeuvres, in particular turning/jumping kicks, rapid kicking methods and head kicks. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a number of martial arts enthusiasts founded schools known as "kwans", which combined various martial arts practices.
Nowadays an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over 60 million practitioners all around the world, and while you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games medalist, you can still join a Taekwondo club or class to learn what will undoubtedly turn out to be a fascinating and advantageous pastime.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and undoubtedly this is one of the main reasons that people in Haslemere sign up to classes and take up the sport. There has been a troubling increase in violent practices in recent times and this is particularly rampant in city and town centres throughout Surrey and Britain in general. The fantastic thing about Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and a deep respect for other people, not such familiar attributes in Haslemere these days.
While its great to know they are there when you need them, with a bit of luck you'll never need to use your newly learned Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club environment.
Your First Haslemere Taekwondo Class
Different Taekwondo schools in the Haslemere area will have different ideas about what enrollees should be covering on their initial lesson, however to give you a concept of what you should expect most first Taekwondo classes will include a warm-up, some sparring, learning simple Poomse (forms), an overview of blocking techniques, hand attacks, stances and kicks (practical training) and a final warm-down to stretch weary muscles and return the body to a state of relaxation.
If you want to join a Taekwondo club in Haslemere, you will also have to become a member of the sport's official governing body, namely British Taekwondo. By going to British Taekwondo's website you will be able to obtain info regarding establishing a new club, safeguarding and equality, events, health and safety, first aid, news, coaching courses, members and clubs, referees and coaching, and a lot more Taekwondo related facts.
Benefits to be Gained From Taekwondo
You'll no doubt be interested to discover exactly what sort of benefits may be achieved by taking part in Haslemere Taekwondo classes and participating 100% in its practices. You could expect that you will: Better discipline by methodically schooling your mind and body in the concepts and strategies of Taekwondo, Learn self-defence techniques by helping you to recognise occasions in which self-defence might be needed, and allowing you to manipulate such situations to your advantage, Reduced anxiety using advanced breath control, Supercharge agility, stamina and flexibility through intensive cardiovascular effort, Grow in confidence by inspiring you to take control of your life and succeed, Increase concentration and self-esteem by sharpening both mental and physical fitness, Empower your mind and body thru accelerated physical coordination and mental discipline.
The Popular Taekwondo Kicks
Taekwondo is renowned for its dynamic kicks, here are the basic ones: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi). Blocks: To defend against and stop an inbound attack, blocks (known as Makgi) are employed. Held in specific positions, they use the hand and sections of the arm. Each form of attack necessitates a particular type of block, counter-attacking movements can be produced by integrating a block with another punch or kick. The most important "blocks" (makgi) include: Nine Block, Rising Block, Double Knife Hand Block, Upper Block, Double Forearm Block, Palm Block, Knife Hand Block, Single Forearm Block and Low Block.
Forms are a pivotal part of Taekwondo and are important if you are going to excel at this fascinating sporting activity. A few basic "forms" should be learned from the outset and more advanced forms must be perfected in order to move through the various belts. A Taekwondo form is characterised by various points such as stance, technique and direction.
Taekwondo tournaments are held around the world in all the different styles. There's normally not a whole lot of hard contact but breaking, sparring and patterns. Olympic and WT (World Taekwondo) contests comprise only sparring, in International Taekwon-Do Federation contests certain hand attacks are permitted to the head. Various other organisations hold multi-discipline tournaments.
Haslemere Taekwondo for Beginners
As with any sport or activity we've got to start somewhere, and Taekwondo's not any different. Even the topmost Haslemere Taekwondo exponents were complete beginners at one point. So, what can you expect as a complete beginner at Taekwondo? A beginners class should give its pupils enough coaching to teach them the basic principles and allow them to develop confidence as they move forward. A perfect beginners class needs to be enjoyable as well as instructional, when students are enjoying themselves they are far more engrossed and will learn much faster.
Basic Taekwondo Kicks
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
Benefits Gained From Taekwondo
- Improve self-esteem by sharpening both mental and physical health
- Improve agility, flexibility and stamina by way of extreme cardiovascular exertion
- Build up confidence by pushing you to succeed and to take control of your life
- Teach you self-defence techniques by coaching you to understand situations where self-defence might be required, and allowing you to turn such circumstances to your advantage
- Reduce anxiety with controlled breathing
- Develop discipline by methodically educating your mind and body in the principles and tactics of Taekwondo
- Empower your body and mind by way of increased mental discipline and physical co-ordination
Haslemere Taekwondo clubs can generally help you with Taekwondo patterns, fitness and sparring, Taekwondo for adults, beginners Taekwondo, Taekwondo forms, Taekwondo equipment, Taekwondo scoring, private Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo taster lessons, Taekwondo kicks, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo uniforms and other martial arts stuff in Haslemere, Surrey.
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Haslemere Taekwondo classes aren't just intended for folks in Haslemere itself but also for followers from Hammer, Kingsley Green, Ansteadbrook, Lythe Hill, Combe Common, Grayswood, Shottermill, Grayshott, Ramsnest Common, Linchmere, Churt, Thursley, Bramshott Common, Hindhead, Camelsdale and other Surrey places.
List of further reading: A Killing Art: The Story of Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-Do Patterns: From Beginner to Black Belt by Jim Hogan, Taekwondo: Complete ITF Patterns, Taekwondo Techniques & Tactics by Thomas Seaborne and Yeon Hwan, Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense (Kevin Hornsey), Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence (Doug Cook), Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns.
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(This taekwondo Haslemere information was edited and updated on 07-10-2022)