Luton Taekwondo: If you have been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to learn a bit of self-defence, boost your confidence, enhance your self-esteem and strengthen your mind and body, Taekwondo could be a good choice for you. This more modern martial art has quickly gained popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Most people in Luton would imagine that the high kicking, fast punching movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suited to young children. While the younger generation should find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to cope with, there's nothing at all to stop people of all ages taking part. However, in order to fully enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo, it helps to be fairly agile.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers, incorporating a number of various martial arts techniques. Kicking movements, especially head kicks, rapid kicking styles and jumping/turning kicks are the primary emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known. Today Luton Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
With over sixty million students worldwide and a fair few in Luton, Taekwondo has become extremely popular. Signing up for your local Luton Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. There isn't any reason why you cannot become a master of this exhilarating martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most interest people in Luton is the self-defence aspect of it. And if you consider the high levels of violence in town and city centres these days, this is not surprising. In fact one of the main principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
Although you'll take a lot of trouble learning these essential self-defence skills, hopefully you won't ever need to implement them except within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you've never attempted Taekwondo before you will likely be a bit apprehensive as to what to expect on your first class. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Luton follow a similar pattern, but there could be some variation to the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen the muscles, a bit of technical training comprising some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocking techniques, a look at some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and loosen up.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks that you'll learn initially include: Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi).
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom, and membership of this organization is compulsory if you would like to sign up with any Taekwondo club in Luton or nearby.