Lincoln Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways that you can learn self-defence, bolster your self-respect, boost your confidence and strengthen your body and mind, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
The mere mention of Taekwondo, invokes images of energetic young children doing punching and kicking exercises. While the younger generation should find it easier to cope with the physical demands of Taekwondo, people of every age can practice the sport. It does however help if you are fairly fit and agile to fully enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts set up some innovative new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a mixture of martial arts techniques. Kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/spinning kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles are the main focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known. Today Lincoln Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
With over sixty million practitioners around the world and a fair few in Lincoln, Taekwondo has become very popular. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, heading along to your local Lincoln Taekwondo club or class is a good place to start. While nobody would seriously expect you to reach Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Lincoln.
While there's a great deal to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the element of self-defence that most Lincoln people find appealing. This is not hard to believe when you take into account the elevated levels of violence witnessed in town and city centres day after day. It's a key factor of Taekwondo that you can be confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time respect others and exercise self-restraint.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have booked your first lesson but have not tried Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to expect. There could be variations to the following, depending on which Lincoln Taekwondo school you go to, but you can pretty much expect; 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, some technical training covering some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocking techniques, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
Taekwondo Kicks: There are quite a few different Taekwondo kicks, listed here are just a few of them: Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi).