Leeds Taekwondo: If you have been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to build your confidence, learn a bit of self-defence, enhance your self-esteem and strengthen your body and mind, Taekwondo could be a good choice for you. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
The mere mention of Taekwondo, conjures up images of energetic young children performing punching and kicking exercises. While the younger generation should find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to cope with, there is nothing at all to stop people of every age taking part. Being fairly fit does however help you to enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in around 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not coined until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some innovative new schools known as "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques. Kicking movements, in particular head kicks, fast kicking styles and jumping/spinning kicks are the main emphasis of Taekwondo, as it later became known. Now Leeds Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Popular across the world Taekwondo now has more than 60 million enthusiasts. Heading along to your local Leeds Taekwondo class or club is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. While reaching Olympic standard may be beyond you, there isn't any reason why you cannot still become a Taekwondo master.
It is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that generally has the most appeal to people in Leeds. And in these times of increased violence, especially in town centres, it's not surprising that this sits high on people's priority list. The ability to defend yourself while still respecting others and exercising self-restraint is one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo.
While it is a great experience to practice and master these self-defence techniques in the controlled environment of your local Leeds Taekwondo club, with a bit of luck you will not ever be required to use them in the world outside.
Your First Class: If you've never done Taekwondo before, you might be intrigued to find out just what is going to happen on your first class. This can vary depending on which Leeds school you go to, but will normally involve the following. 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to loosen stiff muscles and increate your heart rate, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some blocks, stances, kicks and hand attacks, a look at some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and last but not least a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: There are loads of different Taekwondo kicks, listed here are just a few of them: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi).