Exeter Taekwondo: If you are planning to take up a new activity that will help you to boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-esteem and learn a bit of self-defence, you might give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible candidate. Since its beginnings in Korea during the 1940's, this more modern martial art has grown in popularity.
The mere mention of Taekwondo, brings to mind images of energetic young children performing punching and kicking exercises. While the younger and fitter generation might find it easier to contend with the demands of Taekwondo, people of every age group can practice the sport. You will however get a lot more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are fairly agile.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, merging a number of various martial arts techniques. The focus of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking movements, in particular head-height kicks, rapid kicking styles and jumping/spinning kicks. Now Exeter Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo has become extremely popular in Exeter and all across the globe, with over sixty million practitioners worldwide. If you want to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, signing up for a Taekwondo club or class in Exeter is a great place to start. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there's no reason why you cannot still become a Taekwondo master.
The thing about Taekwondo that appears to most interest people in Exeter is the self-defence element of it. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's town centres. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main benefits of Taekwondo.
Although you will take a lot of trouble learning these vital self-defence techniques, with luck you'll never need to apply them apart from within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have never tried Taekwondo before you may be a bit concerned as to what to expect on your first lesson. There may be variations to the following, depending on which Exeter Taekwondo school you go to, but you can pretty much expect; An initial warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a bit of technical training including learning some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocking techniques, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), a few ideas on sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and last but not least a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Taekwondo is probably best known for its acrobatic kicking manoeuvres, here are some of the basic kicks you'll learn as a beginner: Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi).