Taekwondo Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth Taekwondo: If you've been looking around Great Yarmouth for some ideas for a new hobby, you may want to consider Taekwondo as a candidate. Practising this sport will help you to enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind, learn to defend yourself and build your confidence. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after the Second World War.
When most people in Great Yarmouth think about Taekwondo, they imagine young kids performing energetic punching and kicking manoeuvres. Whilst the physical demands of Taekwondo may make it more suitable for the younger and fitter generation, it can certainly be practiced by people of every age group. It does however help if you are relatively fit and agile to fully enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo.
The discipline was developed in Korea in 1945, though it was not given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul founded some innovative new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a mix of martial arts techniques. The main focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking methods, head kicks and turning/jumping kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, roughly meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Now Great Yarmouth Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over sixty million practitioners worldwide and has become very popular in Great Yarmouth and throughout the United Kingdom. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to anyone, and heading along to a local Great Yarmouth Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get yourself involved. There isn't any reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this thrilling sport, even if you don't have any desire to take part in the Olympics.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Great Yarmouth. And in these days of ever increasing violence, especially in city centres, it is not surprising that this sits at the top of people's priority list. It is a key principle of Taekwondo that you can be confidently able to defend yourself yet exercise self-restraint and respect others.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have not attempted Taekwondo before, you will be interested to find out exactly what is likely to occur on your first lesson. There might be variations to the following, depending on which Great Yarmouth Taekwondo school you attend, but you can pretty much expect; A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a little technical training comprising some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocking techniques, an introduction to some forms, a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and last but not least a warm down to stretch muscles and loosen up.
Taekwondo Kicks: Kicks play a significant role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a small selection of the more basic ones: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).
The governing body for Taekwondo in the UK is British Taekwondo and anybody wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Great Yarmouth must also register with British Taekwondo.