Portsmouth Taekwondo: If you'd like to enhance your self-esteem, boost your confidence, learn some self-defence techniques and strengthen your mind and body, an ideal activity to get involved in is Taekwondo. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after World War 2.
The mere mention of Taekwondo, brings to mind images of energetic young children performing punching and kicking exercises. Whilst the physical demands of Taekwondo may make it more suited to the younger generation, it can also be practiced by people of all ages. You do however need to be relatively agile and fit to fully enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the sport started life in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts fanatics founded some exciting new schools which they called "kwans", practicing a combination of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mainly entails kicking movements, in particular head kicks, fast kicking styles and turning/jumping kicks. Now Portsmouth Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Popular around the world Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to anyone, and joining a local Portsmouth Taekwondo class or club is the easiest way to get yourself involved. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there is no reason why you can't become a Taekwondo master.
It appears that the most attractive aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. And in these days of ever increasing violence, especially in town centres, it is no great surprise that this sits high on people's list of priorities. However, exercising self-restraint and a respect for others goes hand in hand with Taekwondo's self-defence principles.
Your First Portsmouth Taekwondo Lesson: If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you'll be curious about what will happen. There could be variations to the following, subject to which Portsmouth Taekwondo school you go to, but you can roughly expect; A warm up of 15-20 minutes to increase heart rate and loosen your muscles, a bit of technical training comprising some kicks, stances, hand attacks and blocks, a look at forms or patterns, some tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down to relax and stretch weary muscles.
The 8 Basic Taekwondo Kicks: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi).