Exeter Taekwondo (EX1): Learning a new skill is always satisfying and the martial arts are very popular with people in Exeter at the moment. Taking up something like Taekwondo enables you to boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-esteem and learn some self-defence moves. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
While not wanting to discourage any particular age group, it has to be said that Taekwondo is more suited to younger people in Exeter, being quite physically demanding. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. Older adults who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too taxing. People in Exeter who take up Taekwondo when they are young find it easy to continue when they get older. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the discipline started life in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking methods, head kicks and jumping/spinning kicks.Today Exeter Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Exeter and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Taekwondo club or class in Exeter is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Exeter join classes and take up the sport. There has been a worrying increase in violent behaviour in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres around Devon and the UK in general. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and respect for others, not such common qualities in Exeter nowadays.
Your First Class: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first lesson should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Exeter have different ideas about this but roughly; you will take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do a bit of technical training, you will learn some forms, you will practice sparring techniques and finally you will warm-down to get your body back into a state of relaxation.
The Main Taekwondo Kicks: There are lots of different kicks that are used in Taekwondo. Here are a few of the best known: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi).
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as direction, stance and technique. From the outset you will learn some of the basic forms, and in order to progress through the grades (belts) you will need to learn some more advanced ones.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: Safety gear such as hand protectors, forearm protectors, a blue/red head guard, blue or red trunk armour (hogu), a mouth protector, shin protectors and a groin protector are used in all matches overseen by British Taekwondo. Protection from injury is necessary because of the powerful kicks that are part and parcel of this sport.
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