Blackburn Taekwondo (BB1): Developed during the 1940's in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art that has grown in popularity in recent years. Renowned as a way to learn some self-defence techniques, enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and build your confidence, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
While people of any age in Blackburn can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is particularly suited to the younger generation since it can be rather demanding physically, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Older adults trying Taekwondo for the first time often find it too taxing, unless they've consistently kept themselves active. Continuing their Taekwondo experience through into older adulthood shouldn't however be difficult for those who begin when they are younger. If you consider yourself among the less nimble, you could always try something like Tai Chi which is much less strenuous.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in around 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts fanatics established some new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a combination of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking techniques, head kicks and turning/jumping kicks.Today Blackburn Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo practitioners worldwide, now exceeds 60 million. Joining a local Taekwondo club or class in Blackburn is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There is no reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this thrilling sport, even if you have no desire to compete in the Olympics.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Blackburn are taking up self-defence classes like Taekwondo to help them feel safer in their local environment. The self-defence aspect is one of the key factors of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for other people, which are disciplines that are largely missing in modern day life.
Your First Blackburn Taekwondo Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first class. This may vary depending on which Blackburn school you go to, but will usually involve the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce stiffness in the muscles, a little technical training including learning some stances, blocks, hand attacks and kicks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), some tips on sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and relax.
Taekwondo Kicks: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks that you'll learn initially include: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi).
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: There are of course many benefits to be had from doing Taekwondo and here are just a few that may be of interest to you: Teach you self-defence tactics by helping you understand scenarios where self-defence may be needed, and empowering you to manipulate such circumstances to your advantage, Turbocharge stamina, flexibility and agility by means of strenuous cardiovascular work-outs, Greater discipline by exhaustively training your mind and body in the techniques and concepts of Taekwondo, Build up confidence by inspiring you to take control of your life and succeed, Reduced stress and anxiety using advanced breath control, Toughen up your body and mind via accelerated physical coordination and mental discipline, Improve self-esteem and concentration by elevating your mental and physical health.
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