Norwich Taekwondo: If you've been thinking about taking up a hobby to accomplish some particular goals such as to build your confidence, enhance your self-respect, learn to defend yourself and strengthen your body and mind, Taekwondo could be ideal for you. This more modern martial art has quickly gained popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
While people of any age in Norwich can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is especially suited to the younger generation as it can be rather demanding physically, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Seniors might find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. However people in Norwich who get involved in Taekwondo at an early age, will find that continuing into older adulthood isn't a problem. Something a bit softer like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo was only developed quite recently in Korea (1945). A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul established some exciting new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a mix of martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the main focus is on kicking, in particular head-height kicks, fast kicking methods and turning/jumping kicks. Nowadays Norwich Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo has become extremely popular in Norwich and around the globe, with more than sixty million students worldwide. Ever since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to have a bash, heading along to a local Norwich Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get involved. Whilst the chances of you reaching Olympic standard are fairly slim, there isn't any reason at all why you cannot master this fascinating martial art.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it's the self-defence element of Taekwondo that the people of Norwich consider most appealing. And its not surprising that this features highly on people's list of priorities when you take into account the ever increasing amounts of violence seen these days in town centres throughout the United Kingdom. It's a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time respect others and exercise self-restraint.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you have not attempted Taekwondo before you might be a little apprehensive as to what you should expect on your first class. The following will give you an overview, but this will vary from school to school. A 15-20 minute warm up to loosen the muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training covering some stances, blocks, hand attacks and kicks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and last but not least a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.
The Eight Basic Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): One of the main features of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi).
Everyone who is a member of a Taekwondo club in Norwich or anywhere else in the United Kingdom, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.