Aldershot Taekwondo: If you'd like to strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem, boost your confidence and learn some self-defence techniques, an ideal activity to get involved in is Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
While not intending to be in any way ageist, Taekwondo can be quite physical and is generally more appropriate for younger people in Aldershot, it's particularly good for children who will become self-disciplined and respecting of others. It can sometimes be too tough for seniors except when they are exceptionally fit and active. However those in Aldershot who get involved in Taekwondo at an early age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood is not a problem. If you are less agile you could always try something a bit less demanding such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in around 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. Some new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers. This eventually became known as Taekwondo and the main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking movements, especially rapid kicking methods, head-height kicks and jumping/spinning kicks. Today Aldershot Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo has become extremely popular in Aldershot and around the globe, with more than 60 million students worldwide. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, signing up for your local Aldershot Taekwondo class or club is a good starting point. There is no reason why you cannot reach an advanced standard in this exciting sport, even if you've got no desire to compete in the Olympics.
People in Aldershot take up Taekwondo for many purposes but it is the self-defence aspect that interests most. This isn't difficult to believe when you think about the elevated levels of violence witnessed in city and town centres on a daily basis. The ability to defend yourself while still exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the key principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Aldershot Taekwondo Lesson: If you've booked your first lesson but have never tried Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. This may vary depending on which Aldershot school you attend, but will generally include the following. A 15-20 minute warm up, some technical training including learning some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocking techniques, learning some forms (or Poomse), some tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.
Some Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): Kicks play a major role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi).