Telford Taekwondo (TF1): If you are looking to take up a new hobby which will enable you to enhance your self-esteem, learn to defend yourself better, build your confidence and develop your mind and body, you should consider Taekwondo as a possible option. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Because of its rather more physical attributes, Taekwondo is maybe more suitable for the younger person in Telford and is particularly suited to kids because it's fantastic for developing self-discipline and respect for others. More elderly individuals could find it somewhat too demanding unless they are especially active and fit. However, those who persue Taekwondo in Telford at a young age will find that they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less nimble of you could consider participating in something gentler like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently formulated of the martial arts, with its root beginnings in Korea, South-East Asia in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts specialists in Seoul established some new schools known as "kwans", merging various martial arts practices. Taekwondo, which was eventually called, largely entails kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/turning kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking strategies.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Telford and with over 60 million others worldwide. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to everyone, and joining a local Telford Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get yourself involved. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there is no reason why you cannot become a Taekwondo master.
For many folks in Telford, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these times of increasing violence, especially in city and town centres, it's little surprise that this aspect sits high on people's list of priorities. It is a key element of Taekwondo that you're able to gain more confidence in your capacity to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect other people and practice self-restraint.
While it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have such self-defence skills tucked away inside you, the likelihood is that you will never be required to use them outside the regulated setting of a dedicated Taekwondo class.
Your First Telford Taekwondo Lesson
If you have booked your first lesson but have never done Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, some technical training involving learning some blocking techniques, kicks, stances and hand attacks, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a few ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping.
British Taekwondo is the official governing body of the sport within Great Britain, and membership of this organization is mandatory if you would like to sign up with any Taekwondo class in Telford or nearby. You will be able to get lots of info on safeguarding and equality, news, safe practices, coaches and tournament referees, events, first aid, starting a new club, members and clubs, coaching courses, and more, by popping along to the official British Taekwondo website.
The Taekwondo Kicks
Kicks play a leading role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a handful of the more simple ones: Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi). Taekwondo Blocks: Taekwondo "blocks", that are used to defend against the different attacking movements, are called Makgi. Held in various positions, they engage the hands and areas of the arm. Each "block" can be combined with a kick or punch to create a counter-attack, and each one is appropriate for a specific attack. The most used blocks (makgi) include: Rising Block, Palm Block, Double Forearm Block, Double Knife Hand Block, Single Forearm Block, Upper Block, Low Block, Nine Block and Knife Hand Block.
British Taekwondo controlled tournaments require specific safety gear to be worn to protect contenders from getting injured as a result of the vigorous kicking that takes place. These safety products include: a red or blue trunk protector (hogu), forearm guards, hand guards, a mouth guard, a red/blue head guard, a groin guard and shin guards.
More Taekwondo Advice and Guidance
See how to do Taekwondo on You Tube here. For more information regarding promotion, belts and ranking, forms (patterns), competitions, equipment and facilities, historical influences, school of thought, Tae kwon do vocabulary, the history of Taekwondo and styles and organisations, it would be a good idea to have a look at Wikipedia and search for "Taekwondo". To read an interesting and informative article about Taekwondo competitions worldwide, check this out To obtain doboks, mats, sparring gloves, forearm defenders, body defenders, shin defenders, chest protectors, fighter gloves, focus pads, foot socks, Taekwondo garments, foam head guards, male and female groin guards, belts, gum shields and foot guards, have a look at Kicksport. To follow conversations about Taekwondo visit one of the Taekwondo forums, discussions comprise "Self Defense", "Taekwondo Sparring", "The Instructors Room", "Taekwondo Patterns", "Health and Fitness" and "General Discussion". To find out what's happening on social websites check this out.
Key Benefits of Taekwondo
- Boost your confidence by pushing you to succeed and to take control of your life
- Learn self-defence tactics by coaching you to recognise circumstances where self-defence might be required, and empowering you to turn these kinds of circumstances to your advantage
- Toughen up your mind and body via enhanced physical coordination and mental discipline
- Lower anxiety and stress using advanced breath control
- Turbocharge agility, flexibility and stamina by means of intense cardiovascular exertion
- Enhance your self-esteem by sharpening both mental and physical fitness
- More self-discipline by comprehensively schooling your mind and body in the principles and techniques of Taekwondo
Telford Taekwondo tutors can normally help you with Taekwondo equipment, Taekwondo uniforms, Taekwondo for self-defence, the rules of Taekwondo, Taekwondo taster classes, Taekwondo instruction, Taekwondo for kids, one-to-one Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo for adults, women's Taekwondo, Taekwondo kicks and more martial arts stuff in Telford, Shropshire.
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Telford Taekwondo classes are not simply for the people of Telford but also for enthusiasts from Oakengates, Little Dawley, Ironbridge, Sutton Hill, Madeley, Coalbrookdale, Brookside, Stirchley, Woodside, Nedge Hill, Kemberton, Ketley, Snedshill, Horsehay and other Shropshire places.
Useful publications: Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence (Doug Cook), Taekwondo: The Essential Introduction, Taekwondo White to Black Belt: Your Ultimate Grading and Reference Summary (Phil Pearce), Official Taekwondo Training Manual, Complete Taekwondo Poomsae: The Official Taegeuk, Palgwae, and Black Belt Forms of Taekwondo, Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense (Kevin Hornsey), ITF Taekwondo: Basic Information and Korean for Belt Gradings (Keith McMullen).
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