Taekwondo Bognor Regis
Bognor Regis Taekwondo: If you're looking to take up a new hobby which will help you to learn to defend yourself better, bolster your self-esteem, boost your confidence and strengthen your mind and body, you should give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible candidate. Since its beginnings in Korea during the 1940's, this more contemporary martial art has grown in popularity.
While people of every age group in Bognor Regis can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is especially suited to the younger generation as it can be quite physically demanding, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Seniors trying Taekwondo for the first time often find it too taxing, unless they have continually kept themselves active. People in Bognor Regis who take up Taekwondo when they are young find it simple to continue when they become older. Something a bit less strenuous like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
The discipline was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it wasn't given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. Some schools called "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mainly involves kicking manoeuvres, in particular jumping/turning kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking methods. Today Bognor Regis Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Popular around the world Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, joining your local Bognor Regis Taekwondo club or class is a great starting point. Whilst the likelihood of you reaching Olympic standard are quite slim, there isn't any reason at all why you cannot master this thrilling martial art.
It appears that the most interesting aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. This is no real surprise when you consider the rising levels of violence seen in town and city centres nowadays. However, exercising a good helping of self-restraint and having respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Class: For those of you who've never done Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be curious to know what to expect from your first lesson. The following will give you an example, but this will vary subject to which Bognor Regis school you attend. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, a bit of technical training covering some stances, kicks, hand attacks and blocking techniques, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a few ideas on sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down to stretch muscles and loosen up.
The Popular Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): One of the main features of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi).