Bath Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways to learn a bit of self-defence, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect and build your confidence, 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.
When discussing Taekwondo, the majority of people in Bath assume that this is a pursuit for young children. While the younger generation might find it easier to contend with the physical demands of Taekwondo, people of any age can and do practice the sport. It should however be said that if you're relatively agile you'll definately get more enjoyment out of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo came from Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking movements, especially head kicks, jumping/spinning kicks and rapid kicking methods. Now Bath Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Bath and with more than sixty million others across the world. Heading along to your local Taekwondo class or club in Bath is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there is no reason why you cannot become a Taekwondo master.
It appears that the most alluring aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. And in these days of ever increasing violence, particularly in town and city centres, it's not a surprise that this sits on top of people's priority list. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you've decided to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you'll be curious as to what will happen. There may be variations to the following, subject to which Bath Taekwondo school you go to, but you can more or less expect; A fifteen to twenty minute warm up, a little technical training covering some hand attacks, stances, blocks and kicks, some work on patterns or forms, a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to round off a warm down to loosen up and stretch tired muscles.
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Kicks play a significant role in Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).