Guildford Taekwondo: If you've been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-esteem, learn to defend yourself better and boost your confidence, Taekwondo could be just the sport for you. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Taekwondo is quite physically demanding, meaning it could be considered more appropriate for the younger rather than the older generation in Guildford. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it particularly good for children. Older adults who are not all that active and fit might find it a tad too challenging. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Guildford, started their adventure when they were younger. If you are less nimble you could always try something a bit less strenuous such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
The sport was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it wasn't given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts in Seoul established some schools called "kwans", where they practiced a mixture of martial arts techniques. The focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/turning kicks, rapid kicking styles and head-height kicks. Nowadays Guildford Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo has become really popular in Guildford and around the globe, with over sixty million enthusiasts worldwide. Heading along to your local Taekwondo class or club in Guildford is the best way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there's no reason why you cannot become a Taekwondo master.
People in Guildford learn Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence element that appeals to most. And if you consider the increased levels of violence in town centres nowadays, this is hardly surprising. It's a key factor of Taekwondo that you can be confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time exercise self-restraint and respect others.
While its great to know they are there when you need them, hopefully you will not ever be required to use your newly perfected Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club surroundings.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you have decided to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you'll be wondering what will happen. The following will give you an idea, but this could vary from school to school. A warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, some technical training comprising some blocking techniques, kicks, stances and hand attacks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), some ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: There are quite a few different Taekwondo kicks, here are just a few of them: Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi).
Anybody who joins a Taekwondo club in Guildford must also register with British Taekwondo which is the governing body of the sport in the UK.