Newcastle Taekwondo (NE1): 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 strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem, boost your confidence and learn some valuable self-defence techniques, 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 Newcastle 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 Newcastle 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 developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. This combination of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some new schools in Seoul called "kwans", founded by a group of Korean martial artists. The emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/spinning kicks, fast kicking styles and head-height kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist".Today Newcastle Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Newcastle and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Newcastle Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Newcastle join classes and take up the sport. There has been a worrying increase in violent behaviour in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres around Tyne and Wear and the UK in general. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and respect for others, not such common qualities in Newcastle nowadays.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Newcastle, the first thing you will want to know is what will happen on the first class and what will the tutor be expecting of you. Different Taekwondo masters in Newcastle will compile differing routines for this initial lesson but you can expect to do a 15 minute warm-up to get the blood flowing and loosen your muscles, learn a few forms (Poomse), cover some technical training (stances, kicks, blocks), do a bit of sparring, and lastly warm-down.
Taekwondo Kicks: There are lots of different Taekwondo kicks, here are just a few of them: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).
Anyone wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Newcastle must also register with British Taekwondo which is the governing body of the sport in the United Kingdom.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse): Forms are a key element of Taekwondo and are essential if you are to master this fascinating martial art. Some basic forms must be learned at the beginning and more complex forms must be mastered in order to progress through the various belts. A Taekwondo form is characterized by various aspects such as stance, technique and direction.
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