Eastbourne Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always satisfying and the martial arts are very popular with people in Eastbourne at the moment. Trying something like Taekwondo enables you to learn a bit of self-defence, build your confidence, strengthen your body and mind and enhance your self-respect. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since it was developed during the 1940's and 50's.
When speaking about Taekwondo, many people in Eastbourne assume that this is a sport for young children. There is no doubt that the younger and fitter generation are more equipped to cope with the physical demands of this high energy sport, but this isn't to say that people of every age cannot take part. Being relatively agile does however help you to enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo.
The sport was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it wasn't named Taekwondo until the 1950's. This mixture of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some exciting new schools in Seoul called "kwans", founded by a group of Korean martial artists. The focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially head kicks, jumping/spinning kicks and fast kicking methods, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Now Eastbourne Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
With over sixty million practitioners around the globe and quite a few in Eastbourne, Taekwondo has become extremely popular. Joining your local Taekwondo club or class in Eastbourne is a great way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst nobody would expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Eastbourne.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most interest people in Eastbourne is the self-defence element of it. And when you consider the increased levels of violence in town and city centres these days, this is not surprising. The ability to defend yourself while still respecting others and exercising self-restraint is one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo.
Your First Lesson: If you have decided to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first lesson, you'll be curious as to what will happen. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. An initial warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, some technical training involving learning some blocking techniques, stances, hand attacks and kicks, an introduction to some forms, a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to loosen up and stretch muscles.
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): Kicks play a key role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a small selection of the more basic ones: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi).