Cambridge Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always gratifying and the martial arts are a popular choice with people in Cambridge at the moment. Trying a sport like Taekwondo enables you to strengthen your mind and body, learn to defend yourself, boost your confidence and enhance your self-respect. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Taekwondo is quite physically demanding, which means it could be considered more suitable for the younger rather than the older generation in Cambridge. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially good for children. Seniors who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too challenging. However people in Cambridge who get involved in Taekwondo at a young age, will find that continuing into older adulthood is not a problem. The less nimble of you might consider something less demanding like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo was only developed quite recently in Korea (1945). A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some exciting new schools known as "kwans", merging various martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the main focus is on kicking, especially head-height kicks, jumping/spinning kicks and rapid kicking styles. Now Cambridge Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Cambridge and with more than sixty million others across the world. Heading along to your local Taekwondo class or club in Cambridge is a great way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There isn't any reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this thrilling sport, even if you have no desire to compete in the Olympics.
Whilst there is much to be gained by practicing Taekwondo, it's the aspect of self-defence that most Cambridge people are interested in. And its no surprise that this is high on people's list of priorities when you consider the ever rising levels of violence seen these days in city and town centres throughout Britain. The ability to defend yourself while still exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main benefits of Taekwondo.
Hopefully, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you will never need to try out your newly discovered skills to defend yourself.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have not attempted Taekwondo before, you might be interested to find out exactly what is likely to happen on your first lesson. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Cambridge follow a similar routine, but there might be some variation to the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce any stiffness in your muscles, a little technical training covering some kicks, hand attacks, blocking techniques and stances, learning some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.
The Eight Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is probably most recognized for its acrobatic kicking, here are some of the basic kicks you'll learn as a beginner: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi).
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organization is compulsory if you wish to join any Taekwondo club in Cambridge or nearby.