Penzance Taekwondo: If you have been looking around Penzance for some ideas for a new hobby, you may like to consider Taekwondo as a candidate. Practising this sport will help you to learn some self-defence moves, strengthen your body and mind, boost your confidence and bolster your self-respect. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after WW2.
When most people in Penzance think of Taekwondo, they picture young kids performing energetic punching and kicking manoeuvres. Keeping up with the physical demands of the sport may be easier for the younger generation, but this does not mean that people of all ages can take part in, and enjoy the many benefits of this activity. However, in order to fully enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo, it helps to be fairly agile and fit.
Taekwondo was only developed quite recently in Korea (1945). Some exciting new schools called "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts. Taekwondo, which it later became known as, mostly entails kicking movements, in particular head-height kicks, fast kicking methods and jumping/turning kicks. Now Penzance Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo now has more than 60 million enthusiasts worldwide and has become extremely popular in Penzance and throughout the United Kingdom. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, heading along to your local Penzance Taekwondo class or club is a great starting point. There isn't any reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this exhilarating sport, even if you've got no desire to compete in the Olympics.
The thing about Taekwondo that appears to most interest people in Penzance is the self-defence element of it. This is no surprise when you consider the ever rising levels of violence seen in town centres these days. The ability to defend yourself while still exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the primary principles of Taekwondo.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: For those of you who've never attempted Taekwondo before, you'll no doubt be intrigued to know just what to expect from your first lesson. The following will give you an idea, but this could vary from school to school. 15 to 20 minutes of warm up exercises to loosen stiff muscles and increate your heart rate, some technical training which will involve learning some hand attacks, kicks, blocks and stances, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to loosen up and stretch tired muscles.
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: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi).