Basildon Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways that you can boost your confidence, learn some self-defence techniques, enhance your self-esteem and strengthen your mind and body, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Taekwondo is an ideal sport for children in Basildon, because it encourages self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical elements make it more appropriate for younger people. It could prove too tough for some seniors, but should not be an issue for those who are already fit and active. However people who take up Taekwondo in Basildon at a young age will find they can effortlessly carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might like to consider something softer like Tai Chi.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the discipline started life in Korea in 1945. Some exciting new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, mixing a number of various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mainly involves kicking movements, in particular rapid kicking methods, jumping/turning kicks and head kicks. Nowadays Basildon Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Basildon and all over the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining your local Taekwondo club or class in Basildon is the best way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There's no reason why you can't become a master of this exhilarating martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that the people of Basildon consider most appealing. This is not difficult to believe when you take into account the elevated levels of violence experienced in city and town centres day after day. Actually one of the main benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Basildon Taekwondo Class: If you haven't attempted Taekwondo before you will be a bit concerned as to what you should expect on your first lesson. This can vary depending on which Basildon school you go to, but will typically include the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase heart rate and loosen the muscles, some technical training which will involve learning some kicks, blocks, stances and hand attacks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), some tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is probably most recognized for its acrobatic kicking manoeuvres, here are some of the basic kicks you'll learn as a novice: Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi).
Everyone who's a member of a Taekwondo club in Basildon or any place else in the UK, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.