Taekwondo Lytham St Annes
Lytham St Annes Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are very popular these days. Trying a sport like Taekwondo enables you to build your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and learn to defend yourself better. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since it was developed during the 1940's.
Most people in Lytham St Annes would imagine that the high kicking, fast punching movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suitable for younger children. While the younger and fitter generation may find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to contend with, there is nothing at all to stop people of all ages taking part. However, in order to fully enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo, it helps to be relatively fit and agile.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts. This later became known as Taekwondo and the main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, in particular rapid kicking methods, head-height kicks and spinning/jumping kicks. These days Lytham St Annes Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Lytham St Annes and with more than sixty million others globally. Ever since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to have a bash, joining a local Lytham St Annes Taekwondo club or class is an easy way to get involved. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there isn't any reason why you cannot become a master of this fascinating martial art and have some fun along the way.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Lytham St Annes. This isn't difficult to believe when you think about the elevated levels of violence witnessed in city and town centres day after day. Learning to properly defend yourself while at the same time respecting others and exercising self-restraint is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
While its good to know they are there if you need them, with any luck you will not ever have the need to use your newly discovered Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club environment.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you've booked your first lesson but have not attempted Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to expect. The following will give you a good idea, but this may vary from school to school. An initial warm up lasting 15 to 20 minutes, a bit of technical training comprising some stances, kicks, blocking techniques and hand attacks, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and to round off a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent cramping and spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Taekwondo is perhaps best known for its acrobatic kicks, here are some of the basic kicks you'll learn as a beginner: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi).