Taekwondo Hemel Hempstead
Hemel Hempstead Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways that you can learn some useful self-defence techniques, enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and build 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 1940's.
When most people in Hemel Hempstead visualize Taekwondo, they picture young children performing energetic kicking and punching manoeuvres. Keeping up with the physical demands of the sport may be easier for the younger generation, but this doesn't mean that people of any age can take part in, and enjoy the many benefits of this activity. However, in order to fully enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo, it helps to be fairly agile.
The sport was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it wasn't named Taekwondo until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts devotees in Seoul established some innovative new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a blend of martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the emphasis is on kicking, in particular fast kicking styles, head-height kicks and jumping/turning kicks. These days Hemel Hempstead Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Popular around the world Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners. Signing up for your local Hemel Hempstead Taekwondo club or class is a great way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. While the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are fairly slim, there isn't any reason at all why you cannot master this exhilarating martial art.
It seems to be the case that the most appealing element of Taekwondo is self-defence. This is not difficult to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence witnessed in city and town centres day after day. In fact one of the key principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst respecting others and exercising a degree of self-restraint.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you will be wondering what to expect. The following will give you a pretty good idea, but this will vary from school to school. A warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some kicks, blocking techniques, stances and hand attacks, a look at some Poomse (or forms), some ideas on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and finally a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Taekwondo is probably best known for its acrobatic kicking, here are some of the basic kicks you'll learn as a novice: Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi).