Crawley Taekwondo: If you're planning to take up a new activity that will enable you to learn some self-defence techniques, enhance your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body and boost your confidence, you should consider Taekwondo as a possible candidate. Since its beginnings in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has grown in popularity.
When talking about Taekwondo, many people in Crawley assume that this is a sport for young children. There is no doubt that the younger generation are more equipped to contend with the physical demands of this high energy sport, but this isn't to say that people of any age can't get involved. It should however be said that if you're relatively fit you will definately get more enjoyment out of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts lovers established some new schools which they called "kwans", practicing a mix of martial arts techniques. Kicking manoeuvres, especially head kicks, rapid kicking styles and jumping/turning kicks are the main focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known. Now Crawley Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
With over 60 million students across the world and a fair few in Crawley, Taekwondo has become really popular. Heading along to your local Crawley Taekwondo club or class is a great way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you can't be a master of this thrilling martial art and have some fun in the process.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally has the most appeal to people in Crawley. And when you consider the increased levels of violence in city centres these days, this is hardly surprising. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Crawley Taekwondo Lesson: If you have booked your first class but have never attempted Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an idea, but this could vary from school to school. A warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a little technical training which will involve learning some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocks, learning some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks: Kicks play a key role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a small selection of the more basic ones: Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi).