Bournemouth Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are very popular nowadays. Taking up something like Taekwondo helps you to enhance your self-esteem, build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body and learn self-defence. Since its beginnings in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
Whilst people of any age in Bournemouth can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is especially suited to the younger generation since it can be fairly physically demanding, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Unless they are particularly fit and active, seniors may find it too physically taxing. However those who take up Taekwondo in Bournemouth when they are younger will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you may find that Tai Chi which is a bit softer, is more to your liking.
The discipline was developed in Korea in 1945, though it was not given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts devotees founded some innovative new schools which they called "kwans", practicing a mixture of martial arts techniques. Kicking manoeuvres, in particular rapid kicking methods, head kicks and jumping/turning kicks are the primary focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known. These days Bournemouth Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo practitioners globally, now exceeds sixty million. Joining your local Bournemouth Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. There's no reason why you cannot become a master of this fascinating martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
Of all the numerous benefits of doing this sport, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that the people of Bournemouth find most alluring. This isn't hard to believe when you think about the high levels of violence witnessed in city and town centres on a daily basis. Learning to properly defend yourself whilst respecting others and exercising self-restraint is a key principle of Taekwondo.
While its good to know that you can defend yourself whenever you need to, you should be hoping that you never need to test this outside of your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Bournemouth Taekwondo Lesson: If you've decided to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first lesson, you will be wondering what will happen. This may vary depending on which Bournemouth school you go to, but will usually include the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, a bit of technical training comprising some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a few ideas on sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and last but not least a warm down to stretch tired muscles and relax.
Taekwondo Kicks: Among the best known Taekwondo kicks you will learn initially include: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi).
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and any individual wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Bournemouth must also become a member of British Taekwondo.