Reading Taekwondo (RG1): If you are looking for ways to build your confidence, develop your body and mind, learn some valuable self-defence techniques and bolster your self-esteem, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since its development during the 1940's.
It's got to be asserted that Taekwondo can be quite physically challenging, which might discourage the older and less agile people in Reading from becoming involved. To be honest, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but unquestionably older individuals who're in excellent physical health can easily get involved and benefit from this sport.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly comprises high-kicking manoeuvres, most notably head kicks, rapid kicking techniques and spinning/jumping kicks. It started in Seoul, in southern Korea in the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists established schools called "kwans", which merged a number of martial arts practices.
Taekwondo has become really popular in Reading and around the globe, with over 60 million participants worldwide. Joining a local Reading Taekwondo club or class is a great way to become involved with this activity which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games in 2000. While you may not have any goals to be involved in Olympic competition, there's certainly no reason why you cannot become a maestro of this enjoyable martial art and have some fun in the process.
For many people in Reading, it's the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo which has the most appeal. And in these times of increasing violence, particularly in city and town centres, it is little surprise that this aspect sits high on people's list of priorities. It is a primary element of Taekwondo that you're able to gain more confidence in your capability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect other people and learn self-restraint.
There is a fairly good chance that your newly mastered Taekwondo skills will never see the light of day in your day to day life, but it will unquestionably give you a secure feeling knowing that they are sitting in the background should you ever be in need of them.
Your First Reading Taekwondo Lesson
If Taekwondo is not a sport that you have ever done previously, you will most likely be curious about what to expect from your very first class should you decide to join. Different Taekwondo schools in Reading have different ideas about this but roughly; you will take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do some technical training, you will learn some patterns (forms), you'll practice sparring strategies and lastly you will do a warm-down to help your body get back into a relaxed state once more.
Everybody who's a member of a Taekwondo club in Reading or anywhere else in the UK, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the official governing body of the sport. You will be able to find plenty of details on news, coaches and tournament referees, first aid, events, health and safety, beginning a new club, safeguarding and equality, coaching courses, clubs and members, and more, by popping along to British Taekwondo's website.
Taekwondo Belts (Ranking)
The ranking and belt system can get somewhat complicated in Taekwondo since there is no standard arrangement across the different Taekwondo styles. Parallels do exist however, and generally there are 2 separate belt groupings, denoted as "seniors" (black belts) and "juniors" (colours). The number of grades in the junior group varies over the disciplines but is typically between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior groupings commonly has 9 dans or belts.
Tournaments and Competitions
There are a multitude of competitions and tournaments in Taekwondo involving all the different styles. They mostly involve sparring, breaking and patterns (forms) with hardly any "hard contact". ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) contests don't permit too much contact but do permit hand attacks to be aimed at the head. World Taekwondo (WT) and Olympic tournaments allow only sparring. Multi-style contests also take place.
Reading Taekwondo for Beginners
It doesn't matter what you're ranking is or who you are in Taekwondo, at some stage you were a complete novice, knowing nothing and fearing failure. We have all started like this and can only learn and develop with practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in Reading are the best place to start that learning process and to acquire the basic principles so that you can gain self-confidence and move forward in your exciting Taekwondo experience. Most beginner classes are geared up to be fun and friendly, offering a gradual introduction to the basic Taekwondo values and developing a firm base moving forward.
The benefits that you acquire from Taekwondo are going to be proportional to what you invest in it (as is the case with life on the whole). Many of you will just wish to improve your fitness levels, make new friends and meet different people, some might want to take part in competitions or tournaments or perhaps even the Olympic Games. But remember, we cannot all be a Jade Jones or a Lutalo Muhammad.
Taekwondo Information and Advice
To read an interesting article about Taekwondo tournaments internationally, click here To get more information about competitions, philosophy, organisations and styles, promotion, ranking and belts, the history of Taekwondo, vocabulary, equipment and facilities, historical influences and forms (patterns), it would be a good idea to take a look at Wikipedia and search for "Taekwondo". To buy target paddles, fighting gloves, shin protectors, head guards, Taekwondo belts, mats, doboks, chest protectors, Taekwondo outfits, sparring gloves, foot guards, body defenders, forearm defenders, gum shields, groin guards and foot socks, check out Martial Art Shop. Get tips on learning Taekwondo techniques on You Tube here. To discover more about the hottest Taekwondo trends on social websites check this out. To find out what's going on in the field of Taekwondo visit one of the Taekwondo forums, topics comprise "General Discussion", "Taekwondo Patterns", "Taekwondo Sparring", "Health and Fitness", "The Instructors Room" and "Self Defense".
Benefits of Taekwondo
- Lessen stress using advanced breath control
- Supercharge agility, flexibility and stamina by means of strenuous cardiovascular work-outs
- Teach self-defence strategies by showing you how to realize scenarios in which self-defence may be necessary, and enabling you to turn these types of situations to your advantage
- Improve your self-esteem by elevating both physical and mental health
- Strengthen your mind and body thru increased mental discipline and physical co-ordination
- Better self-discipline by comprehensively schooling your mind and body in the concepts and strategies of Taekwondo
- Grow in confidence by encouraging you to seize control of your life and succeed
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Reading Taekwondo classes are not only intended for folks in Reading but also for followers from Woodley, Lower Earley, Caversham, Sonning, Emmer Green, Calcot, Theale, Mapledurham, Whitley, Pangbourne, Norcot, Shinfield, Purley on Thames, Southcote, Pingewood, Tilehurst, Earley, Englefield and other Berkshire areas.
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Helpful publications: Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense by Kevin Hornsey, Taekwon-Do Patterns: From Beginner to Black Belt (Jim Hogan), Taekwondo Techniques & Tactics, Complete Taekwondo Poomsae: The Official Taegeuk, Palgwae, and Black Belt Forms of Taekwondo by Kyu Hyung Lee and Sang Kim, Tae Kwon Do by Richard Chun, Taekwondo: The Essential Introduction by Marc Tedeschi.
More Berkshire Taekwondo classes: Newbury, Ascot, Tilehurst, Crowthorne, Thatcham, Sandhurst, Winkfield, Windsor, Bracknell, Twyford, Slough, Finchampstead, Woodley, Reading, Sunninghill, Maidenhead and Wokingham.
Taekwondo classes in other UK locations: Molesey, Alton, Hoddesdon, Warminster, Faversham, Wolverhampton, Nailsea, Hurstpierpoint, Broxbourne, Bishops Stortford, Harlow, Loughborough, Morpeth, Lichfield, Hounslow, Boston, Sutton-in-Ashfield, London, Leicester, Daventry, Southwick, Blyth, Jarrow, Cannock, Coatbridge, Thornaby, Preston.
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(This taekwondo Reading page was last updated on 20-07-2022)