Peterborough Taekwondo: If you would like to build your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and learn to defend yourself, an ideal sport to take up is Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which means it might be considered more appropriate for the younger rather than the older generation in Peterborough. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially good for children. Older adults might find it somewhat too tough unless they are particularly active and fit. For those folks who take up Taekwondo when they are younger, continuing the adventure into older adulthood should not be a problem. The less nimble of you might like to consider something less demanding like Tai Chi.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not coined until the 1950's. This mix of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some new schools in Seoul called "kwans", founded by a group of Korean martial artists. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mainly entails kicking manoeuvres, in particular jumping/turning kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking methods. Now Peterborough Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo has become extremely popular in Peterborough and around the globe, with more than 60 million students worldwide. Ever since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a try, signing up for your local Peterborough Taekwondo class or club is the best way to get involved. Whilst you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you can't become a master of this exhilarating martial art and have an amazing time in the process.
Though there is much to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the self-defence aspect that most Peterborough people find appealing. And its not a surprise that this sits prominently on people's list of priorities when you consider the ever rising amounts of violence seen these days in town and city centres throughout the United Kingdom. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can be confident in your ability to defend yourself yet exercise self-restraint and respect others.
Even though you will spend a lot of time mastering these vital self-defence skills, hopefully you will not ever need to implement them apart from within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Class: If you've decided to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first lesson, you will be curious as to what will happen. This may vary from class to class but will usually involve all or most of the following. 15 to 20 minutes of warm up exercises to loosen stiff muscles and increate your heart rate, some technical training covering some stances, kicks, blocking techniques and hand attacks, learning the fundamental forms or patterns, a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and to finish off a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up.
Some Taekwondo Kicks: There are many different Taekwondo kicks, listed here are just eight of them: Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi).
If you would like to sign up to a Taekwondo club in Peterborough, you will also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.