Lowestoft Taekwondo: If you've been looking around Lowestoft for some ideas for a new hobby, you might like to consider Taekwondo as a candidate. Practising this skill will help you to strengthen your body and mind, build your confidence, bolster your self-esteem and learn to defend yourself. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Because of its somewhat more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Lowestoft and is especially suitable for children as it is terrific for nurturing self-discipline and respect for others. Unless they are particularly fit and active, seniors could find it too physically challenging. People in Lowestoft who take up Taekwondo when they may be young find it easy to continue when they get older. The less nimble of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. Some exciting new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, combining a number of various martial arts techniques. This eventually became known as Taekwondo and the primary focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/turning kicks, rapid kicking methods and head-height kicks. These days Lowestoft Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Popular across the world Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, heading along to a Taekwondo club or class in Lowestoft is a good place to start. While reaching Olympic standard may be beyond your capabilities, there's no reason why you can't still become a Taekwondo master.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most appeal to people in Lowestoft is the self-defence element of it. And if you consider the increased levels of violence in city and town centres these days, this is hardly surprising. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time respecting others and exercising self-restraint is one of the main benefits of Taekwondo.
Your First Lowestoft Taekwondo Class: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. There could be variations to the following, depending on which Lowestoft Taekwondo school you attend, but you can more or less expect; A warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a little technical training which will involve learning some blocks, hand attacks, kicks and stances, learning the first patterns or forms, a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent spasms and cramping.
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is recognized for its impressive kicks, here are the basic ones: Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).
Everybody who's a member of a Taekwondo club in Lowestoft or any place else in the UK, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.