Keynsham Taekwondo (BS31): Developed in the nineteen forties in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art that has grown dramatically in popularity over the last few years. Recognized as a way to build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect and learn some self-defence techniques, it has been embraced by many millions of people worldwide.
Many people in Keynsham would imagine that the fast punching, high kicking movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suited to young kids. There is no doubt that the younger and fitter generation are more equipped to cope with the physical demands of this high energy sport, but this isn't to say that people of every age group cannot take part. You will however get a lot more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are relatively fit and agile.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers. The focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking movements, especially fast kicking techniques, head-height kicks and turning/jumping kicks. Nowadays Keynsham Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners worldwide and has become very popular in Keynsham and throughout the UK. Joining a local Taekwondo club or class in Keynsham is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there is no reason why you cannot become a Taekwondo master.
A key element of Taekwondo is self-defence, and doubtless this is one of the primary reasons that folks in Keynsham get involved in classes and engage with the sport. There's been a disturbing escalation of violent conduct in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres throughout Somerset and the country in general. The fantastic thing about Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and a deep respect for others, not such common characteristics in Keynsham nowadays.
There's a very good chance that your newly learned Taekwondo skills will never have to be proven in your day to day life, but it will certainly give you self-confidence knowing that they're there should you need them.
What to Expect From Your First Class
Different Taekwondo schools in and around Keynsham will have different ideas about what students should be covering on their very first class, however to give you an understanding of what you should expect most initial Taekwondo classes will include things like a warm-up, some sparring, learning basic forms (Poomse), an introduction to hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks (practical training) and a final warm-down to relax weary muscles and get the body back to a state of equilibrium.
Any individual wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Keynsham has to also become a member of British Taekwondo which is the governing body of the sport in Great Britain. You can get a lot of information on safe practices, first aid, news, equality and safeguarding, beginning a new club, coaches and competition referees, events, coaching courses, clubs and members, and more, by dropping by at British Taekwondo's official website.
Benefits to be Gained From Taekwondo
You will probably be intrigued to learn about exactly what type of benefits might be achieved by taking part in Keynsham Taekwondo lessons and participating fully in its activities. You can expect that you will: Grow in confidence by motivating you to seize control of your life and succeed, Reduces anxiety and stress using advanced breath control, Develop discipline by exhaustively schooling your body and mind in the concepts and tactics of Taekwondo, Improve your self-esteem by heightening your mental and physical fitness, Teach you self-defence by helping you recognize circumstances where self-defence could be required, and allowing you to turn these kinds of scenarios in your favour, Augment stamina, flexibility and agility by means of intensive cardiovascular work-outs, Empower your body and mind by means of increased physical coordination and mental discipline.
Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks you will master to begin with include: Hook or Whip Kick, Side Kick, Back Kick, Axe Kick, Front Kick, Push Kick, Crescent Kick, Roundhouse Kick. Blocks: To repulse the numerous kicks and hand attacks there are a similarly diverse array of "blocks". They are held in particular positions and employ the hand with different parts of the arm. Certain attacks require specified "blocks", but blocks can also be transformed into counter-attacking moves by the combination of retaliatory kicks or punches. The main blocks (makgi) in Taekwondo include: Palm Block, Double Knife Hand Block, Single Forearm Block, Double Forearm Block, Rising Block, Upper Block, Low Block, Nine Block and Knife Hand Block.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse)
Forms are a pivotal element of Taekwondo and are crucial if you are to excel at this captivating activity. Several basic Taekwondo forms should be learned at the beginning and more complicated forms have to be perfected in order to advance through the various ranks. A Taekwondo form is categorized by various facets such as technique, stance and direction.
Taekwondo Belts (Ranking)
The belt and ranking system can get a bit complicated in Taekwondo because there is no recognised arrangement throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Parallels do exist though, and normally there are two separate belt groups, denoted as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior groupings varies over the disciplines but is usually between eight and twelve belts, whilst the senior group typically has 9 dans or belts.
Taekwondo Help, Information and Social Media
To read a useful little article about what is Taekwondo?, click here To find out about Taekwondo on social websites check this out. To join the world of Taekwondo visit a Taekwondo forum, subjects include "Taekwondo Patterns", "The Instructors Room", "Taekwondo Sparring", "Health and Fitness", "Self Defense" and "General Discussion". To find out more regarding school of thought, patterns (forms), belts, ranks and promotion, competition, the history of Taekwondo, facilities and equipment, historical influences, styles and organisations and vocabulary, pay a visit to the Wikipedia page here. To obtain forearm guards, doboks, foot guards, sparring gloves, body protectors, belts, mats, Taekwondo clothes, shin guards, foot socks, gum shields, head guards, men's and women's groin guards, target paddles, chest protectors and fighter gloves, pay a visit to Playwell. See a You Tube video clip on Tae kwon do here.
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