Kendal Taekwondo: If you're looking to take up a new hobby which will enable you to boost your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and learn a bit of self-defence, you might give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible option. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since it was developed during the 1940's.
Due to its somewhat more physical elements, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Kendal and is especially suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. It could prove too challenging for some seniors, but shouldn't be a problem for those who are already active and fit. However those in Kendal who take up Taekwondo at an early age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood is not difficult. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the discipline began life in Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics. The main focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, in particular rapid kicking methods, head-height kicks and jumping/spinning kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Now Kendal Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Kendal and with more than sixty million others throughout the world. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, heading along to a Taekwondo class or club in Kendal is an excellent place to start. While the chances of you reaching Olympic standard are fairly slim, there is no reason at all why you can't master this thrilling martial art.
While there is much to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the element of self-defence that most Kendal people are interested in. And its no real surprise that this is high on people's list of priorities when you consider the ever increasing levels of violence seen nowadays in town centres throughout the UK. Being capable of defending yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by respecting others and exercising self-restraint.
With luck, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you'll never need to apply your newly perfected skills to defend yourself.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have decided to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first class, you will be wondering what will happen. There might be variations to the following, subject to which Kendal Taekwondo school you go to, but you can more or less expect; 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to loosen stiff muscles and increate your heart rate, a little technical training covering some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocking techniques, learning the fundamental patterns or forms, some tips on sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and to finish off a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is perhaps best known for its acrobatic kicking manoeuvres, here are some of the basic kicks you'll learn as a beginner: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi).