Bromley Taekwondo: If you've been thinking about taking up a hobby to achieve some particular goals such as to learn self-defence, strengthen your body and mind, boost your confidence and bolster your self-respect, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
The mere mention of Taekwondo, conjures up images of energetic young children doing kicking and punching exercises. While the physical demands of Taekwondo may make it more suited to the younger generation, it can also be practiced by people of every age group. Being fairly agile and fit does however help you to enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
The discipline was developed in Korea in 1945, though it was not named Taekwondo until the 1950's. 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. Kicking movements, in particular head-height kicks, fast kicking styles and spinning/jumping kicks are the main focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known. Nowadays Bromley Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
With over 60 million enthusiasts around the world and quite a few in Bromley, Taekwondo has become really popular. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, signing up for a Taekwondo club or class in Bromley is a good place to start. Whilst reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there is no reason why you can't still become a Taekwondo master.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Bromley. This is no real surprise when you consider the ever rising levels of violence seen in city centres nowadays. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can be confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and exercise self-restraint.
Your First Bromley Taekwondo Lesson: For those of you who have never done Taekwondo before, you'll no doubt be intrigued to know just what to expect from your first class. There may be variations to the following, subject to which Bromley Taekwondo school you go to, but you can more or less expect; A warm up lasting 15 to 20 minutes, a little technical training comprising some blocks, kicks, stances and hand attacks, learning some forms (or Poomse), some tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to round off a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is recognized for its impressive kicks, here are the basic ones: Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi).
The United Kingdom governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you want to sign up to Taekwondo club in Bromley, you will also be required to register with this organization.