Newport Taekwondo: If you're looking to take up a new activity which will help you to boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem and learn self-defence, you might consider Taekwondo as a possible option. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since it was created during the 1940's and 50's.
If you were to ask people in Newport what their feelings were on Taekwondo, nearly all would say it is an activity for younger children. While the younger generation might find it easier to contend with the physical demands of Taekwondo, people of all ages can practice the sport. You will however get a lot more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are relatively agile.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some innovative new schools called "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mainly entails kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, jumping/turning kicks and rapid kicking methods. Nowadays Newport Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Newport and with more than sixty million others around the globe. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, joining your local Newport Taekwondo club or class is an excellent starting point. While you might not aspire to Olympic competition, there's no reason why you can't become a master of this thrilling martial art and have an amazing time along the way.
Although there's much to be gained by practicing Taekwondo, it's the self-defence aspect that most Newport people are interested in. This is not surprising when you consider the rising levels of violence seen in city and town centres these days. It's a key principle of Taekwondo that you can become confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time respect others and exercise self-restraint.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you've never tried Taekwondo before, you might be curious to find out what is going to occur on your first class. Most Taekwondo schools in Newport follow a similar structure, but there might be variations to the following. An initial warm up lasting 15 to 20 minutes, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some stances, kicks, blocks and hand attacks, a look at some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent cramping and spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Taekwondo is renowned for its dynamic kicks, listed here are the important ones: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi).
The UK governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you would like to sign up to Taekwondo club in Newport, you will also be required to become a member of this respected organization.