Manchester Taekwondo: If you have been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to strengthen your body and mind, learn a bit of self-defence, bolster your self-esteem and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be a good choice for you. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
While people of every age group in Manchester can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is particularly suited to the younger generation since it can be quite demanding physically, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Older adults could find it somewhat too challenging unless they are particularly active and fit. However people that take up Taekwondo in Manchester at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less nimble of you might consider something less strenuous like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo was only developed quite recently in Korea (1945). Some innovative new schools called "kwans", merging various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees. In Taekwondo the focus is on kicking, in particular head-height kicks, fast kicking styles and turning/jumping kicks. Today Manchester Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo now has more than 60 million practitioners worldwide and has become very popular in Manchester and throughout the UK. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, signing up for a Taekwondo club or class in Manchester is an excellent place to start. There's no reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this thrilling sport, even if you have no desire to take part in the Olympics.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Manchester. And in these days of ever increasing violence, particularly in town and city centres, it's no surprise that this sits prominently people's priority list. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main benefits of Taekwondo.
While it is a great experience to practice and master these self-defence skills in the protected environment of your local Manchester Taekwondo club, hopefully you will never need to use them in the world outside.
Your First Manchester Taekwondo Class: If you have not attempted Taekwondo before you might be a little apprehensive as to what you should expect on your first class. The following will give you an idea, but this could vary from school to school. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training comprising some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down to loosen up and stretch tired muscles.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Taekwondo is perhaps most recognized for its acrobatic kicking, here are some of the basic kicks you'll learn as a beginner: Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi).