Aberdeen Taekwondo: If you are planning to take up a new activity that will enable you to learn to defend yourself, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect and build your confidence, you might give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible option. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after WW2.
Because of its somewhat more physical elements, Taekwondo is possibly more suited to the younger person in Aberdeen and is especially suitable for children as it's great for nurturing self-discipline and respect for others. Unless they are particularly active and fit, seniors might find it too physically challenging. However those who take up Taekwondo in Aberdeen at a young age will find they can comfortably carry it on into older adulthood. If you are less nimble you could always try something a bit less demanding such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
Taekwondo originated in Korea in 1945. Some exciting new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, combining a number of various martial arts techniques. This later became known as Taekwondo and the main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking movements, especially head-height kicks, fast kicking styles and jumping/spinning kicks. Nowadays Aberdeen Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Popular worldwide Taekwondo now has more than sixty million enthusiasts. Heading along to a local Aberdeen Taekwondo class or club is the best way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. Whilst you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there isn't any reason why you cannot become a master of this exhilarating martial art and have an amazing time along the way.
The thing about Taekwondo that appears to most interest people in Aberdeen is the self-defence aspect of it. And in these times of increasing violence, especially in city centres, it is no surprise that this sits prominently people's priority list. Actually one of the main principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising a degree of self-restraint and having respect for others.
While it is nice to know that you can defend yourself whenever you need to, you should be hoping that you never need to test this outside of your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you have decided to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first lesson, you'll be wondering what will happen. This can vary subject to which Aberdeen school you go to, but will typically include the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen your muscles, a little technical training including learning some stances, blocks, kicks and hand attacks, an introduction to some forms, a look at sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and finally a warm down to loosen up and stretch muscles.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is renowned for its formidable kicks, here are the important ones: Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi).