Bexley Taekwondo: If you'd like to strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-respect, learn to defend yourself better and boost your confidence, an ideal sport to get involved in is Taekwondo. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since its development during the 1940's and 50's.
Because of its more physical aspects, Taekwondo is maybe more suited to the younger person in Bexley and is especially appropriate for children as it's brilliant for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Seniors trying Taekwondo for the first time often find it too challenging, unless they've kept themselves active. People in Bexley who take up Taekwondo when they are young find it simple to continue when they get older. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo originated in Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans", merging various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees. The focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, especially fast kicking styles, head kicks and turning/jumping kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Bexley Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over sixty million enthusiasts worldwide and has become really popular in Bexley and throughout the United Kingdom. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, joining a Taekwondo class or club in Bexley is a great place to start. There is no reason why you can't reach a high standard in this exciting sport, even if you don't have any desire to take part in the Olympics.
For many people in Bexley, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that is the most appealing. This is not difficult to believe when you think about the elevated levels of violence witnessed in city and town centres on a daily basis. In fact one of the main principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst respecting others and exercising a degree of self-restraint.
Your First Class: If you have decided to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you'll be curious as to what will happen. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Bexley follow a similar structure, but there could be variations to the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training which will involve learning some stances, kicks, hand attacks and blocks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a look at sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and last but not least a warm down to stretch tired muscles and loosen up.
The Eight Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is perhaps most recognized for its acrobatic kicking manoeuvres, here are some of the basic kicks you will learn as a beginner: Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi).
Anybody who joins a Taekwondo club in Bexley must also become a member of British Taekwondo which is the governing body of the sport in the UK.