Blackburn Taekwondo: If you'd like to learn some self-defence techniques, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and boost your confidence, an ideal sport to get involved in is Taekwondo. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after World War 2.
When many people in Blackburn think about Taekwondo, they imagine young children doing energetic kicking and punching manoeuvres. The truth is though, that people of every age group are able to take part in this sport despite its high physical demands. Being relatively agile is however a prerequisite of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts set up some schools which they called "kwans", practicing a blend of martial arts techniques. This later became known as Taekwondo and the primary emphasis of the discipline was on kicking movements, in particular head kicks, jumping/spinning kicks and rapid kicking styles. These days Blackburn Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Taekwondo has become really popular in Blackburn and all over the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Signing up for a local Taekwondo class or club in Blackburn is the best way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there's no reason why you cannot be a master of this fascinating martial art and have some fun along the way.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most appeal to people in Blackburn is the self-defence aspect of it. And in these days of ever increasing violence, especially in town centres, it is no real surprise that this sits prominently people's list of priorities. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
With luck, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you will never need to try out your newly learned skills to defend yourself.
Your First Lesson: If you have not done Taekwondo before you might be a bit concerned as to what you should expect on your first lesson. The following will give you an illustration, but this could vary depending on which Blackburn school you go to. Fifteen to twenty minutes of warm up exercises to loosen stiff muscles and increate your heart rate, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some stances, kicks, hand attacks and blocks, an introduction to patterns or forms, a few tips on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and to finish off a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up to prevent spasms and cramping.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Among the best known Taekwondo kicks that you will learn to begin with include: Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).