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Taekwondo World Championships

Wed, 15 May 2019 - Sun, 19 May 2019

What is Taekwondo?

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art.

Taekwondo as a sport has over 60 million practitioners in 184 countries. It originates from South Korea where the world governing body, the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), is currently based.
The modern form of Taekwondo was not agreed until 1955, but the sport has its roots in various Korean forms of martial arts stretching back more than 2,000 years.

The name Taekwondo literally translates as the way of the foot and the fist.

'Tae' means to break or attack with the foot, 'kwon' means to break with the fist and 'do' translates as the art or way.

Information taken from britishtaekwondo.org

Benefits

As well as the sporting and self-defence aspects to Taekwondo, the exercise one gets from martial arts training improves balance, flexibility, stamina, strength and posture.
Unlike many other forms of physical activity, martial arts also have a mental element which not only improves the mind's focus but also helps provide confidence and self control.

Individuals of all ages take up Taekwondo, from 4-84 and those who take it up experience the following:

  • Improved muscle tone and appearance
  • Increased strength and stamina
  • Improved confidence
  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved agility and reflexes
  • Improved concentration and self-esteem
  • Improved leadership skills
  • Greater discipline
  • Reduced stress

However, it is important to point out that not all martial arts programs will produce the range of benefits discussed. It's no wonder why Taekwondo has become one of the most popular activities for both adults and children, and why there are 20 million practitioners of the sport worldwide.

Equipment

For competition contestants wear a red or blue trunk protector (hogu) and head protector, a groin guard, forearm guards, shin guards, hand protectors, and a mouth protector.

Facts

Taekwondo first appeared in the Olympics as a demonstration sport at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

Local Programmes

National Programmes

KickSister

A fitness and safety awareness programme offering exercise and simple self-defence moves. The KickSister programme is aimed at women and young girls (aged 14+) to encourage more females to get active