Bootle Taekwondo: If you'd like to build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, learn some useful self-defence techniques and enhance your self-esteem, an ideal activity to get involved in is Taekwondo. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Due to its rather more physical elements, Taekwondo is maybe more suited to the younger generation in Bootle and is particularly appropriate for children as it is great for nurturing self-discipline and respect for others. Unless they are particularly fit and active, seniors may find it too physically challenging. However people in Bootle who take up Taekwondo at an early age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood is not an issue. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees. Kicking movements, in particular jumping/spinning kicks, rapid kicking methods and head-height kicks are the primary focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known. These days Bootle Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million students worldwide and has become extremely popular in Bootle and throughout the United Kingdom. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to anyone, and joining your local Bootle Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get yourself involved. Whilst the likelihood of you getting to Olympic standard are rather slim, there isn't any reason at all why you cannot master this exciting martial art.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most appeal to people in Bootle is the self-defence aspect of it. This isn't difficult to believe when you think about the high levels of violence experienced in city and town centres day after day. It is a key principle of Taekwondo that you can be confidently able to defend yourself yet respect others and exercise self-restraint.
Your First Class: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you'll be wondering what to expect. This may vary from class to class but will usually entail all or most of the following. An initial warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, a bit of technical training comprising some hand attacks, blocks, kicks and stances, an introduction to patterns or forms, some tips on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and to finish off a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
The Main Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): Among the best known Taekwondo kicks that you will learn initially include: Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi).
If you want to join a Taekwondo club in Bootle, you will also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.