Margate Taekwondo: If you've been looking around Margate for some ideas for a new hobby, you may like to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this sport will enable you to build your confidence, enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and learn some self-defence moves. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since it was created during the nineteen forties.
Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, meaning it could be considered more appropriate for the younger rather than the older generation in Margate. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it particularly good for children. Unless they are particularly active and fit, seniors could find it too physically challenging. For those folks who take up Taekwondo at a younger age, continuing the experience into adulthood shouldn't be a problem. Tai Chi or something similarly less demanding might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
The discipline was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it wasn't given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts in Seoul established some schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it later became known as, mainly involves kicking manoeuvres, in particular rapid kicking methods, turning/jumping kicks and head-height kicks. Now Margate Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
With over sixty million students across the world and a fair few in Margate, Taekwondo has become extremely popular. Heading along to your local Margate Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. There is no reason why you cannot reach an advanced standard in this exciting sport, even if you don't have any desire to compete in the Olympics.
While there is a great deal to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the self-defence element that most Margate people find appealing. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's city and town centres. It's a key principle of Taekwondo that you can be confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and exercise self-restraint.
Hopefully you won't ever be required to use your newly learned Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, but it is nice to know they're there if you need them.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you have never tried Taekwondo before, you may be interested to know exactly what is likely to take place on your first lesson. The following will give you a good idea, but this will vary from school to school. 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a little technical training covering some kicks, hand attacks, blocking techniques and stances, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down to relax and stretch weary muscles.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Kicks play a key role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).
If you would like to join a Taekwondo club in Margate, you will also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.