Gateshead Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways to learn a bit of self-defence, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect and boost your confidence, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since its development during the nineteen forties.
Images of young children doing rapid punches and energetic kicking manoeuvres, are what spring to mind at the mere mention of Taekwondo. While the younger and fitter generation might find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to cope with, there's nothing at all to stop people of any age taking part. You will however get much more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are fairly fit and agile.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the sport began life in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some schools known as "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques. Kicking movements, in particular jumping/turning kicks, head-height kicks and fast kicking methods are the main focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known. Now Gateshead Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Gateshead and with over 60 million others globally. Ever since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to have a go, heading along to your local Gateshead Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved. There isn't any reason why you can't reach an advanced standard in this exciting sport, even if you haven't any desire to compete in the Olympics.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it's the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Gateshead consider most appealing. This isn't hard to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence experienced in town centres day after day. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Gateshead Taekwondo Lesson: If you've booked your first lesson but have not attempted Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. Most Taekwondo schools in Gateshead follow a similar structure, but there might be variations to the following. A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce stiffness in the muscles, a little technical training which will involve learning some kicks, blocking techniques, stances and hand attacks, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), some ideas on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and finally a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
Taekwondo Kicks: There are numerous different Taekwondo kicks, here are just a few of them: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi).