Hull Taekwondo: If you are planning to take up a new activity that will help you to bolster your self-esteem, learn to defend yourself, strengthen your body and mind and build your confidence, you should give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible candidate. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
While in no way intending to be ageist, Taekwondo can be quite physical and is generally more suited to younger people in Hull, it's especially good for children who will learn to be self-disciplined and respecting of others. Unless they are particularly active and fit, older adults could find it too physically taxing. However people in Hull who get involved in Taekwondo at an early age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood isn't difficult. If you consider yourself among the less agile, you could try something like Tai Chi which is much less demanding.
Taekwondo originated in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts established some new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a mix of martial arts techniques. The focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially head kicks, rapid kicking methods and jumping/spinning kicks. Nowadays Hull Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
The number of Taekwondo enthusiasts globally, now exceeds 60 million. Joining a local Hull Taekwondo club or class is an easy way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. Whilst the likelihood of you getting to Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this exciting martial art.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most appeal to people in Hull is the self-defence element of it. And when you consider the increased levels of violence in city and town centres nowadays, this is hardly surprising. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Lesson: If you have decided to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first lesson, you'll be curious as to what will happen. The following will give you an example, but this could vary subject to which Hull school you have signed up for. A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to increase your heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a bit of technical training including learning some kicks, hand attacks, stances and blocks, an introduction to some forms, some tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to finish off a warm down to stretch muscles and loosen up.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks that you will learn initially include: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi).
Everyone who is a member of a Taekwondo club in Hull or any place else in the United Kingdom, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.