Hereford Taekwondo: If you'd like to boost your confidence, enhance your self-esteem, learn a bit of self-defence and strengthen your body and mind, an ideal sport to get involved in is Taekwondo. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since it was developed during the 1940's.
If you asked people in Hereford what their thoughts were on Taekwondo, nearly all would say it is a pursuit for young kids. While the younger generation may find it easier to cope with the physical demands of Taekwondo, people of every age group can practice the sport. It should however be said that if you are relatively agile and fit you will definately get more enjoyment out of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, fast kicking methods and jumping/spinning kicks. Now Hereford Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
Taekwondo has become extremely popular in Hereford and all across the globe, with more than 60 million enthusiasts worldwide. If you want to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, heading along to a Taekwondo club or class in Hereford is a great place to start. Whilst reaching Olympic standard may be beyond you, there's no reason why you cannot still become a Taekwondo master.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most interest people in Hereford is the self-defence element of it. And in these times of increasing violence, particularly in city centres, it is no real surprise that this features prominently people's priority list. Being able to defend yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by exercising self-restraint and respecting others.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you've booked your first class but haven't tried Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to expect. There may be variations to the following, depending on which Hereford Taekwondo school you go to, but you can pretty much expect; A 15 to 20 minute warm up, some technical training which will involve learning some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks, a look at some forms, a few ideas on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Taekwondo is famous for its formidable kicks, listed here are the basic ones: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi).
If you wish to sign up to a Taekwondo club in Hereford, you'll also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.