Ilkeston Taekwondo: If you are planning to take up a new activity that will enable you to strengthen your mind and body, boost your confidence, learn some self-defence techniques and enhance your self-respect, 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.
If you were to ask people in Ilkeston what their views were on Taekwondo, most would say it is a sport for younger children. There's no doubt that the younger and fitter generation are more equipped to cope with the physical demands of this high energy sport, but this doesn't mean that people of every age can't get involved. Being relatively fit is however a prerequisite of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. This combination of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some schools in Seoul called "kwans", set up by a group of Korean martial artists. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly entails kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, fast kicking methods and turning/jumping kicks. Nowadays Ilkeston Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
With more than sixty million enthusiasts around the world and quite a few in Ilkeston, Taekwondo has become really popular. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, signing up for your local Ilkeston Taekwondo club or class is a great starting point. Whilst you might not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot be a master of this exciting martial art and have an amazing time along the way.
Of all the many benefits of learning this sport, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that the people of Ilkeston find most alluring. This is not hard to believe when you think about the high levels of violence witnessed in town and city centres day after day. The ability to defend yourself while still exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main principles of Taekwondo.
While it is a great experience to practice and master these self-defence techniques in the protected environment of your local Ilkeston Taekwondo club, with a bit of luck you'll never be required to use them in the world outside.
Your First Ilkeston Taekwondo Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you will be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an illustration, but this could vary depending on which Ilkeston school you have signed up for. 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a bit of technical training comprising some kicks, stances, blocking techniques and hand attacks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a few ideas on sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and finally a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is famous for its formidable kicks, listed here are the basic ones: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).