Huddersfield Taekwondo: If you have been looking around Huddersfield for some ideas for a new hobby, you may like to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will help you to enhance your self-esteem, learn some self-defence moves, strengthen your body and mind and build your confidence. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since it was created during the 1940's and 50's.
While in no way intending to be ageist, Taekwondo can be pretty physical and is generally more suited to younger people in Huddersfield, it is particularly good for children who will become self-disciplined and respecting of others. Older adults who are not all that active and fit might find it a tad too challenging. Carrying their Taekwondo experience through into older adulthood shouldn't however be an issue for those who start when they're younger. Tai Chi or something similarly less strenuous might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers, blending a number of various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly entails kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking methods, head-height kicks and turning/jumping kicks. Today Huddersfield Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Huddersfield and with more than sixty million others globally. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to have a bash, signing up for your local Huddersfield Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get involved. There is no reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this exciting sport, even if you don't have any desire to compete in the Olympics.
It seems to be the case that the most interesting aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. This is not a surprise when you take into account the ever rising levels of violence seen in city centres these days. In actual fact one of the primary principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising a degree of self-restraint and having respect for others.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you've decided to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you will be curious about what will happen. The following will give you an idea, but this could vary from school to school. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce any stiffness in the muscles, a little technical training which will involve learning some kicks, stances, hand attacks and blocking techniques, learning the basic forms or patterns, a few ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Some Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): There are loads of different Taekwondo kicks, here are just eight of them: Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi).
The United Kingdom governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you wish to sign up with a Taekwondo club in Huddersfield, you'll also be required to become a member of this respected organization.