Cramlington Taekwondo (NE23): Created during the nineteen forties in Korea, South-East Asia, Taekwondo is a martial art which has grown dramatically in popularity over the last few years. Recognized as a way to learn some self-defence techniques, enhance your self-respect, build your confidence and strengthen your body and mind, it has been adopted by a huge number of people all over the world.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is possibly more suited to the younger generation in Cramlington. That's not to say that older people can't participate in this popular activity, but simply that there might be other martial arts that are more appropriate for the less agile among us. Tai Chi is a perfect illustration.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul founded some innovative new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a blend of martial arts techniques. This eventually became known as Taekwondo and the main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/turning kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking strategies. These days Cramlington Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
These days an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has more than sixty million practitioners worldwide, and whilst you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games medalist, you are still able to enroll in a Taekwondo club or class to master what will no doubt prove to be a fascinating and worthwhile pastime.
It seems that the most appealing aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. Learning to defend yourself while at the same time applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
Although it will instill you with self-confidence knowing that you have these self-defence skills tucked away inside you, the chances are you'll never have to test them outside the monitored atmosphere of an organized Taekwondo class.
Your First Cramlington Taekwondo Class
Different Taekwondo schools in the Cramlington area will have different guidelines for what learners should cover on their very first lesson, but to give you an understanding of what you can expect most first Taekwondo lessons will include a warm-up, some sparring, learning basic Poomse (forms), an introduction to hand attacks, kicks, blocks and stances (practical training) and a warm-down to relax tired muscles and get the body back to a state of balance.
British Taekwondo is the regulating body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organisation is mandatory if you wish to join any Taekwondo class in Cramlington or nearby. You'll be able to read about members and clubs, referees and coaching, coaching courses, beginning a new club, safe practices, first aid, news, events, equality and safeguarding, and more on the official British Taekwondo website, and find the latest Taekwondo news reports on their Facebook or Twitter page.
The Popular Taekwondo Kicks
Taekwondo is recognized for its dynamic kicks, here are the important ones: Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi). Taekwondo Blocks: To stop and deflect an inbound attack, blocks (called Makgi) are implemented. Using the hand and different areas of the arm, they're held in particular positions. Specific attacks necessitate particular blocks, but "blocks" can also be transformed into counter-attacks by combining reciprocal kicks or punches. The primary blocks include: Palm Block, Single Forearm Block, Knife Hand Block, Nine Block, Upper Block, Double Forearm Block, Low Block, Rising Block and Double Knife Hand Block.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment
Safety gear like a mouth protector, shin pads, hand protectors, forearm protectors, a red or blue head guard, blue or red trunk armour and a groin guard must be worn in all contests regulated by British Taekwondo. Protection from injury is needed owing to the forceful kicking that is an integral element of this activity.
More Taekwondo Advice and Guidance
To follow conversations about Taekwondo visit the ever popular Taekwondo Forum, topics include things like "Taekwondo Sparring", "General Discussion", "Health and Fitness", "The Instructors Room", "Taekwondo Patterns" and "Self Defense". To order gum shields, men's and women's groin guards, mats, Taekwondo clothing, sparring gloves, foot guards, fighter gloves, shin protectors, foam head guards, body defenders, target paddles, doboks, belts, forearm guards, foot socks and chest guards, go and visit Kicksport. To acquire more information about historical influences, equipment and facilities, vocabulary, organisations and styles, belts, ranking and promotion, competitions and tournaments, the history of Taekwondo, the philosophies of Taekwondo and patterns (forms), head to the Wikipedia Taekwondo page. To check out an interesting little article about the rules of Taekwondo, check this out To see the latest trends on social media check this out. Enjoy a step by step You Tube guide on Tae kwon do here.
Benefits Gained From Taekwondo
- Turbocharge agility, flexibility and stamina through intensive cardiovascular work-outs
- Lower anxiety and stress using advanced breath control
- Boost your confidence by helping you to seize control of your life and succeed
- Enhance feelings of self-esteem by maximizing your mental and physical powers
- Develop self-discipline by comprehensively training your mind and body in the tactics and principles of Taekwondo
- Toughen up your mind and body by way of improved physical coordination and mental discipline
- Teach you self-defence tactics by helping you to realize circumstances in which self-defence could be necessary, and allowing you to control these scenarios in your favour
Cramlington Taekwondo teachers can normally help you with Taekwondo for senior citizens, Taekwondo kicks, the rules of Taekwondo, Taekwondo for beginners, Taekwondo for the disabled, Taekwondo forms, Taekwondo scoring, Taekwondo for kids, one-to-one Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo equipment, Taekwondo for adults, Taekwondo patterns and more martial arts stuff in Cramlington, Northumberland.
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List of further reading: Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns by Stuart Anslow, A Killing Art: The Story of Tae Kwon Do by Alex Gillis, Taekwon-Do Patterns by Jim Hogan, Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense by Kevin Hornsey, Taekwondo Techniques & Tactics by Thomas Seaborne and Yeon Hwan, Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence by Doug Cook, Taekwondo: Complete ITF Patterns (Marc Tedeschi).
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