Basingstoke Taekwondo: If you would like to enhance your self-respect, build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body and learn some self-defence techniques, an ideal activity to get involved in is Taekwondo. This more contemporary of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after the Second World War.
Taekwondo is an ideal sport for children in Basingstoke, because it teaches self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical aspects make it more appropriate for younger people. It can often be too taxing for seniors unless they are exceptionally active and fit. However people that take up Taekwondo in Basingstoke at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you may find that Tai Chi which is a bit less demanding, is more to your liking.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. This mixture of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some innovative new schools in Seoul called "kwans", established by a group of Korean martial artists. In Taekwondo the emphasis is on kicking, especially head kicks, fast kicking methods and jumping/turning kicks. Nowadays Basingstoke Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
With over sixty million practitioners across the world and a fair few in Basingstoke, Taekwondo has become very popular. If you want to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, heading along to a Taekwondo class or club in Basingstoke is a great place to start. There is no reason why you cannot reach an advanced standard in this exciting sport, even if you haven't any desire to compete in the Olympics.
Though there is a lot to be gained by mastering Taekwondo, it is the aspect of self-defence that most Basingstoke people find appealing. This is not hard to believe when you think about the high levels of violence witnessed in town centres day after day. It is a key principle of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself yet learn to respect others and exercise self-restraint.
Your First Basingstoke Taekwondo Class: If you have never attempted Taekwondo before you will likely be a bit concerned as to what you should expect on your first class. There could be variations to the following, depending on which Basingstoke Taekwondo school you go to, but you can roughly expect; 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a little technical training including learning some blocking techniques, stances, kicks and hand attacks, learning some Poomse (or forms), a few tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to finish off a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Taekwondo is well known for its formidable kicks, here are the important ones: Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi).