Morpeth Taekwondo (NE61): A Korean martial art that was developed during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you would like to learn some useful self-defence techniques, bolster your self-respect, build your confidence and strengthen your body and mind, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Morpeth and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults may find it somewhat too demanding unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Morpeth at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some schools known as "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques. The main focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking movements, in particular spinning/jumping kicks, head kicks and fast kicking strategies. Today Morpeth Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over 60 million followers worldwide, and while you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games athlete, you can still join a Taekwondo club or class to learn what will no doubt turn out to be a fascinating and rewarding activity.
For many people in Morpeth, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your First Morpeth Taekwondo Class: If you have booked your first lesson but have never done Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. Most Taekwondo schools in Morpeth follow a similar pattern, but there may be variations to the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, a little technical training comprising some blocking techniques, stances, hand attacks and kicks, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping.
Morpeth Taekwondo classes are not just suitable for the people of Morpeth itself but also for enthusiasts from Pegswood, Tranwell, Hepscott, High Church, Loansdean, Whalton, Guide Post, Longhirst, Shadfen, Ashington, Northgate, Ulgham, Stobhill, Choppington, Bedlington, Clifton, Mitford and other surrounding areas.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is famous for its impressive kicks, listed here are the important ones: Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi).
Taekwondo Belts: The belt and ranking system can get rather confusing in Taekwondo because there is no standard system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though and typically there are two distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior group varies across the styles but is commonly between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior group normally has 9 belts or dans.
Taekwondo Beginners Classes: Even the very best exponents of Taekwondo in Morpeth had to start as novices, so it is no shame to be a complete beginner at Taekwondo, or any other activity for that matter. The aim of a Taekwondo beginners class is to teach a few basics, increase confidence and build a solid foundation for the future. Most important of all is that it should be fun, students having fun will learn quicker and be better engaged.
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