Newcastle Taekwondo: If you've been thinking about taking up a hobby to achieve some particular goals such as to learn some self-defence techniques, strengthen your body and mind, build your confidence and bolster your self-esteem, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. This more modern of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after WW2.
Because of its more physical aspects, Taekwondo is possibly more suited to the younger generation in Newcastle and is particularly appropriate for children as it's terrific for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults may find it a bit too taxing unless they are particularly active and fit. However those in Newcastle who get involved in Taekwondo at an early age, will find that continuing into older adulthood is not a problem. If you are less agile you could always try something a bit softer such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some schools called "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques. This ultimately became known as Taekwondo and the primary focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, in particular fast kicking styles, spinning/jumping kicks and head kicks. These days Newcastle Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Newcastle and with over sixty million others all over the world. Ever since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a try, heading along to a local Newcastle Taekwondo class or club is an easy way to get involved. While reaching Olympic standard may be beyond your capabilities, there's no reason why you can't still become a Taekwondo master.
It is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Newcastle. This is not surprising when you consider the ever rising levels of violence seen in city and town centres nowadays. Being capable of defending yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you have booked your first lesson but have not done Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an illustration, but this could vary subject to which Newcastle school you have signed up for. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, a little technical training covering some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks, an introduction to some forms, a few tips on sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch weary muscles and relax.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Kicks play a significant role in the art of Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi).