Ipswich Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways that you can boost your confidence, enhance your self-respect, strengthen your body and mind and learn self-defence, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
While in no way intending to be ageist, Taekwondo can be quite physical and is generally more appropriate for younger people in Ipswich, it's especially good for children who will learn to be self-disciplined and respecting of others. Unless they are particularly fit and active, seniors could find it too physically tough. However people who take up Taekwondo in Ipswich when they are younger will find they can comfortably carry it on into older adulthood. If you are less agile you could always try something a bit softer such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the martial art began life in Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, mixing a number of various martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the emphasis is on kicking, in particular jumping/spinning kicks, head kicks and fast kicking styles. These days Ipswich Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
The number of Taekwondo enthusiasts globally, now exceeds sixty million. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, joining your local Ipswich Taekwondo club or class is a good starting point. There is no reason why you can't reach a high standard in this exciting sport, even if you've got no desire to take part in the Olympics.
While there's a great deal to be gained by practicing Taekwondo, it is the self-defence aspect that most Ipswich people find appealing. And when you consider the high levels of violence in city and town centres nowadays, this is hardly surprising. Learning to properly defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and respect for others is a key principle of Taekwondo.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you will be wondering what to expect. This may vary subject to which Ipswich school you attend, but will normally involve the following. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, a bit of technical training comprising some blocking techniques, kicks, stances and hand attacks, learning some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to round off a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks: Kicks play a significant role in Taekwondo, here are a small selection of the more basic ones: Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi).
Any person wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Ipswich must also register with British Taekwondo which is the governing body of the sport in the UK.