Gloucester Taekwondo: If you're looking for ways that you can boost your confidence, bolster your self-respect, strengthen your body and mind and learn some valuable self-defence techniques, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Taekwondo is a perfect sport for children in Gloucester, because it teaches self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical aspects make it more appropriate for younger people. Seniors might find it a bit too tough unless they are particularly active and fit. However those who take up Taekwondo in Gloucester when they are younger will find they can comfortably carry it on into older adulthood. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools known as "kwans", merging various martial arts techniques. The focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, especially head kicks, fast kicking styles and turning/jumping kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Gloucester Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Gloucester and with more than sixty million others around the globe. If you want to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, joining a Taekwondo class or club in Gloucester is a good place to start. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there's no reason why you cannot be a master of this fascinating martial art and have some fun along the way.
It is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that generally has the most appeal to people in Gloucester. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's town centres. However, exercising self-restraint and a respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Lesson: If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you'll be wondering what to expect. This will vary from class to class but will usually entail some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, a little technical training comprising some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks, learning your first patterns or forms, a look at sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up to prevent cramping and spasms.
The 8 Basic Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): Taekwondo is renowned for its powerful kicks, here are the important ones: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).