Falmouth Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are a popular choice with people in Falmouth at the moment. Taking up a sport like Taekwondo helps you to learn to defend yourself, strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-esteem and build your confidence. This more modern martial art has quickly gained popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Images of young children doing energetic kicks and rapid punching manoeuvres, are what spring to mind at the mere mention of Taekwondo. There is no doubt that the younger generation are more equipped to cope with the physical demands of this high energy sport, but this doesn't mean that people of any age cannot take part. Being relatively fit and agile is however a requirement of Taekwondo.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not coined until the 1950's. Some new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers, incorporating a number of various martial arts techniques. The focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, in particular fast kicking styles, head kicks and jumping/turning kicks. These days Falmouth Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
Taekwondo now has more than 60 million practitioners worldwide and has become extremely popular in Falmouth and throughout the United Kingdom. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, heading along to your local Falmouth Taekwondo class or club is a great starting point. While you might not aspire to Olympic competition, there's no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Falmouth. This isn't difficult to believe when you take into account the elevated levels of violence witnessed in town centres day after day. Actually one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
While it is good to practice and master these self-defence skills in the controlled environment of your local Falmouth Taekwondo club, hopefully you will not ever be required to use them in the wider world.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you haven't tried Taekwondo before you may be a bit anxious as to what you should expect on your first class. 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 which will involve learning some kicks, blocking techniques, stances and hand attacks, some work on patterns or forms, a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent spasms and cramping.
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks you will learn initially include: Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi).
Everybody who is a member of a Taekwondo club in Falmouth or any place else in the United Kingdom, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.