Poulton Taekwondo (FY6): Initially developed in Korea during the 1940's and 50's, Taekwondo is a fast combatative sport that has become ever more popular over the past thirty years or so. For those of you who would like to learn to defend yourself, boost your confidence, enhance your self-esteem and strengthen your body and mind, Taekwondo could be the perfect hobby or fitness activity.
On account of its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is possibly more suited to the younger generation in Poulton and is especially suitable for kids as it is fantastic for developing respect for others and self-discipline. Older adults might find it somewhat too strenuous unless they're particularly active and fit. Even so, those who take up Taekwondo in Poulton at a young age will discover that they can easily continue with it when they are older. The less agile of you might think about something gentler like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently formulated of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts specialists in Seoul established some schools known as "kwans", combining many different martial arts practices. Taekwondo, which was ultimately called, largely consists of kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/turning kicks, fast kicking styles and head kicks.
Taekwondo has become really popular in Poulton and all across the globe, with more than sixty million students worldwide. Heading along to your local Taekwondo class or club in Poulton is an easy way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst noone would expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Poulton.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and naturally this is one of the primary reasons that people in Poulton join classes and get involved in the sport. There has been a disturbing escalation of violent conduct over the last few years and this is especially prevalent in city and town centres around Lancashire and the United Kingdom in general. The fantastic thing about Taekwondo though, is that it also encourages self-discipline and a deep respect for others, not such common qualities in Poulton nowadays.
Your newly mastered Taekwondo skills will most likely never have to be proven outside the monitored environment of an organised Taekwondo class, however being aware of the fact that you've got them will give you peace of mind.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson
If you have never tried Taekwondo previously, you might be a bit concerned as to what can be expected on your very first lesson. This can vary from school to school but will generally consist of all or some of the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen up muscles, a little practical training including learning some kicks, blocking techniques, stances and hand attacks, discovering a few forms, an overview of sparring which will include movement, timing and the timing of attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch and relax tired muscles.
Taekwondo also of course has got its own governing body, and in the UK it is British Taekwondo. Anybody wishing enroll with a Taekwondo club in Poulton must become a registered member of this organisation. By heading to British Taekwondo's website you'll be able to obtain details about members and clubs, first aid, news, events, coaching courses, coaches and referees, equality and safeguarding, establishing a new club, health and safety, and a lot more Taekwondo related facts.
The Benefits of Taekwondo
The benefits that may be acquired by taking part in Taekwondo sessions in Poulton are many and varied, among the most significant are: Enhance feelings of self-esteem by heightening your mental and physical health, Learn self-defence by helping you realize circumstances where self-defence could be required, and allowing you to turn these kinds of situations in your favour, Greater self-discipline by comprehensively schooling your body and mind in the techniques and concepts of Taekwondo, Augment agility, stamina and flexibility through intense cardiovascular exertion, Grow in confidence by motivating you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Lower stress and anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises, Empower your mind and body by accelerated mental discipline and physical co-ordination.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse)
Beginners in Taekwondo do not have to stress too much about forms (Poomse, patterns) initially, but they will have to get to grips with some important ones for starters and advance to more complex "forms" as they move through the various belts (grades/dans). A "form" is indicated by specified aspects of Taekwondo including direction, technique and stance. Learning such techniques is a vital part of perfecting Taekwondo.
There are a whole host of competitions in Taekwondo associated with all the different styles. They mostly include sparring, patterns and breaking with almost no hard contact. ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) competitions don't allow too much contact but do allow hand attacks to be aimed at the head. World Taekwondo and Olympic contests allow only sparring. Multi-style contests are also held.
Safety equipment such as a blue/red head protector, a groin protector, a mouth protector, forearm protectors, red or blue trunk armour, hand protectors and shin pads have to be worn in all contests regulated by British Taekwondo. Protection from injuries is vital owing to the powerful kicking which is an integral element of this sport.
What you acquire from Taekwondo are going to be directly related to what you put into it (as applies with life in general). Many of you will purely wish to improve your fitness levels, meet different people and make new friends, some might wish to move on to competitions or tournaments or possibly even the Olympics. But bear in mind, we can't all end up being a Jade Jones or a Lutalo Muhammad. 👊
Taekwondo Information and Advice
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List of further reading: Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Taekwon-Do Patterns: From Beginner to Black Belt, Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History and Philosophy (Doug Cook), Taekwondo White to Black Belt: Your Ultimate Grading and Reference Summary, Taekwondo: The Essential Introduction by Marc Tedeschi, TAEKWON-DO: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015) by Kim Bok Man, Complete Taekwondo Poomsae: The Official Taegeuk, Palgwae, and Black Belt Forms of Taekwondo (Kyu Hyung Lee and Sang Kim).
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(This taekwondo Poulton article was updated on 20-07-2022)