Ilkeston Taekwondo (DE5): Originally developed in Korea during the 1940's and 50's, Taekwondo is a fast combatative sport that has become increasingly popular over the last 30 years or so. For those of you who wish to learn self-defence, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Ilkeston. That is not to say that older people cannot participate in this activity, but simply that there may be other martial arts that are more suited to the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be the perfect example.
Based mostly around kicking manoeuvres like jumping/spinning kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles, Taekwondo was formulated from the techniques of different martial arts, by a group of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools called "Kwans" during the 1940's and 1950's. These "Kwans" had the names Songmu Kwan, Chungdo Kwan, Changmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Mooduk Kwan.
Since the Sydney Olympic Games in the year 2000, Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport. This has made it even more popular worlwide with some 60 million people actively taking part in classes. And it is by joining a Taekwondo club or class that you can begin your journey of learning this fascinating art.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally has the most appeal to people in Ilkeston. You should not be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. However, exercising self-restraint and a respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first class should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Ilkeston have different ideas about this but roughly; you will take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do a bit of technical training, you will learn some forms, you will practice sparring techniques and finally you will warm-down to get your body back into a state of relaxation.
The Popular Taekwondo Kicks: Kicks play a major role in Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: When signing up for Taekwondo classes in Ilkeston you will be hoping to get some benefits to make the whole thing worthwhile. So let's look at a few of the benefits that you might gain by learning and practicing Taekwondo. Improve flexibility, agility and stamina by way of intense cardiovascular exertion, Build up your confidence by encouraging you to take control of your life and succeed, Learn self-defence by coaching you to recognise scenarios where self-defence might be necessary, and enabling you to manipulate such circumstances in your favour, Reduced anxiety and stress using advanced breath control, Enhance your self-esteem by intensifying both physical and mental fitness, Toughen up your body and mind through increased mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Better discipline by methodically educating your body and mind in the tactics and concepts of Taekwondo.
Competitions: Competitions are an important part of the overall Taekwondo experience and all of the different styles all over the world hold tournaments where Taekwondo masters come together to compete. Hard contact is rarely allowed in any of these competitions which mainly incorporate sparring, patterns (forms) and breaking. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and WT tournaments, while some hand attacks are tolerated in ITF events.
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