Barrow-in-Furness Taekwondo: Mastering a new skill is always satisfying and the martial arts are very popular these days. Trying something like Taekwondo enables you to boost your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and learn some valuable self-defence techniques. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
When discussing Taekwondo, the majority of people in Barrow-in-Furness assume that this is an activity for younger children. Keeping up with the physical demands of the sport might be easier for the younger and fitter generation, but this does not mean that people of any age can participate in, and enjoy the many benefits of this activity. You will however get a lot more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are fairly fit and agile.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul founded some new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. This later became known as Taekwondo and the primary focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, especially spinning/jumping kicks, fast kicking styles and head kicks. Now Barrow-in-Furness Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over sixty million practitioners worldwide and has become really popular in Barrow-in-Furness and throughout the UK. If you want to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, heading along to a Taekwondo club or class in Barrow-in-Furness is an excellent place to start. There is no reason why you cannot reach an advanced standard in this exciting sport, even if you don't have any desire to take part in the Olympics.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most appeal to people in Barrow-in-Furness is the self-defence element of it. This isn't difficult to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence witnessed in town centres on a daily basis. It's a key principle of Taekwondo that you can become confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and exercise self-restraint.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you'll be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an illustration, but this could vary depending on which Barrow-in-Furness school you go to. A 15 to 20 minute warm up, some technical training which will involve learning some blocks, kicks, stances and hand attacks, learning the fundamental forms or patterns, a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and last but not least a warm down to loosen up and stretch muscles.
The Eight Basic Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): Kicks play a significant role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi).
The governing body for Taekwondo in the UK is British Taekwondo and any person wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Barrow-in-Furness must also become a member of British Taekwondo.