Reading Taekwondo: If you've been looking around Reading for some ideas for a new hobby, you might like to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will enable you to strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem, build your confidence and learn a bit of self-defence. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Images of young children doing energetic kicks and rapid punching manoeuvres, are what spring to mind at the mere mention of Taekwondo. While the younger generation might find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to contend with, there's nothing at all to stop people of every age group taking part. Being relatively agile and fit does however help you to enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo originated in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts fanatics established some innovative new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a mix of martial arts techniques. This eventually became known as Taekwondo and the main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking methods, head-height kicks and turning/jumping kicks. Today Reading Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners worldwide and has become very popular in Reading and throughout the UK. Joining your local Taekwondo club or class in Reading is a great way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There isn't any reason why you can't reach a high standard in this exhilarating sport, even if you don't have any desire to take part in the Olympics.
The thing about Taekwondo that appears to most appeal to people in Reading is the self-defence aspect of it. And when you consider the increased levels of violence in town centres these days, this is hardly surprising. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: For those of you who've never attempted Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be curious to know what to expect from your first lesson. This may vary from class to class but will usually involve most or all of the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, some technical training which will involve learning some blocks, kicks, hand attacks and stances, learning the first patterns or forms, a few ideas on sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: One of the main elements of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi).