Dartford Taekwondo: If you've been thinking of taking up a hobby to achieve some particular goals such as to strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-respect, boost your confidence and learn to defend yourself better, Taekwondo could be a good choice for you. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Due to its somewhat more physical aspects, Taekwondo is possibly more suited to the younger person in Dartford and is especially suitable for children as it is brilliant for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Seniors who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too taxing. For those folks who take up Taekwondo at a younger age, continuing the adventure into adulthood should not be an issue. The less agile of you might like to consider something less strenuous like Tai Chi.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the martial art began life in Korea in 1945. Some schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, merging a number of various martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the focus is on kicking, in particular rapid kicking styles, head-height kicks and jumping/turning kicks. These days Dartford Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
With more than 60 million practitioners around the globe and a fair few in Dartford, Taekwondo has become extremely popular. Heading along to a local Taekwondo club or class in Dartford is an easy way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there is no reason why you can't still become a Taekwondo master.
Folks in Dartford learn Taekwondo for numerous reasons but it is the self-defence element that interests most. This isn't hard to believe when you think about the elevated levels of violence witnessed in city centres on a daily basis. Actually one of the key benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising a degree of self-restraint and having respect for others.
Even though you will spend a lot of time mastering these essential self-defence techniques, with a bit of luck you'll never need to apply them except within your local Taekwondo club environment.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you've booked your first class but have not attempted Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to expect. This may vary from class to class but will generally involve all or most of the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a bit of technical training covering some kicks, hand attacks, stances and blocking techniques, learning some forms (or Poomse), a few ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down to stretch weary muscles and loosen up.
The Popular Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is probably most recognized for its acrobatic kicking manoeuvres, here are some of the basic kicks you will learn as a novice: Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi).
Everyone who's a member of a Taekwondo club in Dartford or anywhere else in the United Kingdom, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.