Maidenhead Taekwondo: If you have been looking around Maidenhead for some ideas for a new hobby, you might want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will help you to strengthen your mind and body, build your confidence, bolster your self-respect and learn self-defence. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Taekwondo is an ideal sport for children in Maidenhead, because it advocates self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical elements make it more suited to younger people. It can often be too taxing for older adults except when they are exceptionally active and fit. However those in Maidenhead who take up Taekwondo at an early age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood isn't a problem. Tai Chi or something similarly less strenuous might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo was only developed quite recently in Korea (1945). A group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts in Seoul established some schools called "kwans", where they practiced a blend of martial arts techniques. This ultimately became known as Taekwondo and the main focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, in particular rapid kicking methods, head kicks and spinning/jumping kicks. Nowadays Maidenhead Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Maidenhead and with more than sixty million others around the world. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, signing up for your local Maidenhead Taekwondo club or class is a great place to start. There is no reason why you cannot become a master of this thrilling martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that the people of Maidenhead consider most alluring. And in these times of increasing violence, especially in city centres, it is no great surprise that this features high on people's priority list. Being capable of defending yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Maidenhead Taekwondo Lesson: If you've decided to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you'll be wondering what will happen. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Maidenhead follow a similar structure, but there may be variations to the following. An initial warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a little technical training involving learning some kicks, blocking techniques, stances and hand attacks, a look at some Poomse (or forms), some ideas on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to finish off a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Kicks play a key role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi).
Anybody who joins a Taekwondo club in Maidenhead must also register with British Taekwondo which is the governing body of the sport in the UK.