Nottingham Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways to learn a bit of self-defence, enhance your self-respect, build your confidence and strengthen your body and mind, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this more modern martial art has grown in popularity.
The mere mention of Taekwondo, brings to mind images of energetic young children doing kicking and punching exercises. The truth is though, that people of all ages are able to take part in this sport despite its considerable physical demands. It does however help if you are fairly agile to fully enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the discipline began life in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans", merging various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics. In Taekwondo the focus is on kicking, especially head kicks, jumping/turning kicks and rapid kicking methods. Nowadays Nottingham Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Nottingham and with over sixty million others all over the world. If you want to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, signing up for a Taekwondo class or club in Nottingham is an excellent place to start. Whilst you might not aspire to Olympic competition, there's no reason why you cannot be a master of this fascinating martial art and have an amazing time along the way.
For many people in Nottingham, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And its no surprise that this is on people's list of priorities when you take into account the ever increasing levels of violence seen nowadays in city and town centres throughout the UK. The ability to defend yourself while still exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Nottingham Taekwondo Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you will be wondering what to expect. This could vary subject to which Nottingham school you go to, but will typically include the following. An initial warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a little technical training such as learning some hand attacks, blocking techniques, stances and kicks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and loosen up.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is perhaps best known for its acrobatic kicks, here are some of the basic kicks you will learn as a novice: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi).