Barnet Taekwondo (EN4): Developed during the 1940's in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art that has grown in popularity in recent years. Renowned as a way to build your confidence, learn a bit of self-defence, bolster your self-esteem and strengthen your body and mind, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Barnet. That is not to say that older people cannot participate in this activity, but simply that there may be other martial arts that are more suited to the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be the perfect example.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like head kicks, fast kicking methods and turning/jumping kicks, Taekwondo was formulated from the techniques of different martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools called "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Songmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
For many people in Barnet, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have booked your first class but have never done Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. There may be variations to the following, depending on which Barnet Taekwondo school you attend, but you can roughly expect; An initial warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, a little technical training comprising some blocks, stances, kicks and hand attacks, an introduction to some forms, a look at sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and relax.
Barnet Taekwondo classes are not only intended for folks in Barnet itself but also for students from Oakwood, Radlett, North Finchley, Borehamwood, Arkley, Palmers Green, Cockfosters, Hadley Wood, Dancers Hill, High Barnet, Potters Bar, Enfield, Edgeware, Kitts End, Shenley, Highwood Hill, Underhill and other nearby places.
Taekwondo Kicks: Of all the martial arts, Taekwondo has the widest variety of kicking techniques. Among them are: Side Kick, Back Kick, Push Kick, Front Kick, Hook or Whip Kick, Crescent Kick, Axe Kick, Roundhouse Kick.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom, and membership of this organization is compulsory if you would like to join any Taekwondo club in Barnet or nearby.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: Competitions governed by British Taekwondo rules require various items of protective gear to be used, these include: forearm guards, shin guards, a blue/red head guard, a mouth protector, a groin guard, a blue/red trunk protector (hogu) and hand protectors. This is important because of the powerful kicking attacks being employed.
: Hadley Wood Taekwondo, North Finchley Taekwondo, Cockfosters Taekwondo, Underhill Taekwondo, Arkley Taekwondo, Oakwood Taekwondo, Edgeware Taekwondo, Dancers Hill Taekwondo, Radlett Taekwondo, Potters Bar Taekwondo, Palmers Green Taekwondo, Highwood Hill Taekwondo, Kitts End Taekwondo, Shenley Taekwondo, Borehamwood Taekwondo, High Barnet Taekwondo, Enfield and more.
Taekwondo EN4 district.