Oxford Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways to boost your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-esteem and learn some self-defence moves, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after WW2.
If you were to ask people in Oxford what their views were on Taekwondo, most would say it is a pursuit for younger children. The truth is though, that people of every age are able to take part in this sport despite its high physical demands. You will however get a lot more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are fairly agile.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not coined until the 1950's. This combination of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some exciting new schools in Seoul called "kwans", established by a group of Korean martial artists. Kicking movements, in particular spinning/jumping kicks, rapid kicking methods and head-height kicks are the main focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known. Nowadays Oxford Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
Taekwondo now has more than sixty million enthusiasts worldwide and has become really popular in Oxford and throughout the United Kingdom. Signing up for a local Oxford Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even been in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. Whilst you might not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this fascinating martial art and have an amazing time in the process.
It appears that the most interesting aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. This isn't difficult to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence witnessed in city centres day after day. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
While it is a great experience to practice and master these self-defence skills in the controlled environment of your local Oxford Taekwondo club, hopefully you'll never have the need to use them in the wider world.
Your First Class: If you have booked your first class but have never done Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to expect. 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 heart rate, some technical training which will involve learning some blocking techniques, kicks, hand attacks and stances, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), a few tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks that you'll learn to begin with include: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi).