Brighton Taekwondo: If you're looking for ways that you can strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-esteem, learn to defend yourself and boost your confidence, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. Since its beginnings in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has grown in popularity.
Most people in Brighton would assume that the high kicking, fast punching movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suited to younger children. While the physical demands of Taekwondo perhaps make it more suited to the younger and fitter generation, it can be practiced by people of any age. Being relatively agile and fit is however a requirement of Taekwondo.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the martial art began life in Korea in 1945. Some exciting new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts, incorporating a number of various martial arts techniques. The main focus of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking movements, especially spinning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles. Today Brighton Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
With over sixty million enthusiasts worldwide and a fair few in Brighton, Taekwondo has become really popular. Ever since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a go, joining your local Brighton Taekwondo class or club is an easy way to get involved. While the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are rather slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this fascinating martial art.
For many people in Brighton, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And if you consider the high levels of violence in town and city centres nowadays, this is not surprising. Learning to properly defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
Though you will spend a lot of time mastering these vital self-defence skills, with any luck you will not ever need to implement them apart from within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Class: If you've made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first class, you will be curious about what will happen. The following will give you an illustration, but this will vary subject to which Brighton school you go to. A 15 to 20 minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, some technical training including learning some stances, kicks, hand attacks and blocking techniques, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), some tips on sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and last but not least a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: There are loads of different Taekwondo kicks, listed here are just a few of them: Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi).
If you would like to join a Taekwondo club in Brighton, you'll also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.