Kettering Taekwondo: Mastering a new skill is always satisfying and the martial arts are very popular with people in Kettering at the moment. Trying a sport like Taekwondo helps you to learn some useful self-defence techniques, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and build your confidence. This more modern martial art has quickly become popular since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Many people in Kettering would assume that the high kicking, fast punching movements demanded by Taekwondo are more appropriate for young children. While the younger and fitter generation should find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to contend with, there is nothing to stop people of any age taking part. Being fairly agile and fit does however help you to enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts established some schools which they called "kwans", practicing a combination of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking movements, in particular fast kicking styles, head kicks and jumping/turning kicks. Today Kettering Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo enthusiasts worldwide, now exceeds 60 million. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, joining your local Kettering Taekwondo club or class is a good starting point. There's no reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this exhilarating sport, even if you have no desire to compete in the Olympics.
It appears that the most attractive element of Taekwondo is self-defence. This isn't hard to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence experienced in city centres day after day. Learning to properly defend yourself while at the same time exercising self-restraint and respect for others is a key principle of Taekwondo.
While its great to know they are there when you need them, hopefully you will not ever have the need to use your newly learned Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club surroundings.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you've booked your first class but haven't done Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an illustration, but this will vary depending on which Kettering school you have signed up for. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to loosen the muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training which will involve learning some blocks, hand attacks, kicks and stances, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), a few ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch weary muscles.
The Eight Basic Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): One of the main features of Taekwondo is kicking, listed here is a selection of the basic kicks: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi).