Newcastle-under-Lyme Taekwondo: If you would like to build your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and learn self-defence, an ideal hobby to take up is Taekwondo. Since its beginnings in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
When discussing Taekwondo, most people in Newcastle-under-Lyme assume that this is an activity for young children. While the younger generation might find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to contend with, there's nothing to stop people of every age taking part. Being relatively agile does however help you to enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. Some exciting new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, blending a number of various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mainly entails kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, turning/jumping kicks and rapid kicking styles. Now Newcastle-under-Lyme Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
With more than sixty million practitioners around the world and a fair few in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Taekwondo has become very popular. Ever since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a try, joining a local Newcastle-under-Lyme Taekwondo class or club is the best way to get involved. Whilst the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are pretty slim, there isn't any reason at all why you cannot master this exciting martial art.
Of all the many benefits of learning this sport, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that the people of Newcastle-under-Lyme find most alluring. You should not be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's city and town centres. Actually one of the key benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Class: For those of you who've never tried Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be interested to know what to expect from your first lesson. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. A 15-20 minute warm up, some technical training covering some stances, hand attacks, kicks and blocks, an introduction to some forms, a few ideas on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up to prevent spasms and cramping.
The Popular Taekwondo Kicks: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, listed here is a selection of the basic kicks: Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi).