Hartlepool Taekwondo: If you have been thinking of taking up a hobby to achieve some particular goals such as to boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-esteem and learn a bit of self-defence, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since it was developed during the 1940's.
Due to its somewhat more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Hartlepool and is especially suitable for children as it's brilliant for nurturing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults could find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. For those folks who take up Taekwondo at a younger age, continuing the experience into adulthood should not be a problem. The less nimble of you might consider something less demanding like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. This combination of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some innovative new schools in Seoul called "kwans", set up by a group of Korean martial artists. This ultimately became known as Taekwondo and the main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking styles, head kicks and turning/jumping kicks. Now Hartlepool Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million enthusiasts worldwide and has become really popular in Hartlepool and throughout the United Kingdom. If you want to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, signing up for a Taekwondo class or club in Hartlepool is an excellent place to start. Whilst noone would expect you to reach Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Hartlepool.
For many people in Hartlepool, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these times of increasing violence, particularly in city centres, it is no real surprise that this features prominently people's priority list. Learning to properly defend yourself while at the same time exercising self-restraint and respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you've made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first lesson, you'll be curious as to what will happen. This can vary depending on which Hartlepool school you attend, but will generally include the following. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to loosen your muscles and increase heart rate, a little technical training comprising some hand attacks, blocks, kicks and stances, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and finally a warm down to stretch weary muscles and relax.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi).
If you would like to join a Taekwondo club in Hartlepool, you will also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.