Rotherham Taekwondo: If you have been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to boost your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, learn some useful self-defence techniques and strengthen your mind and body, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after the Second World War.
If you asked people in Rotherham what their thoughts were on Taekwondo, most would say it's a sport for young children. While the younger generation should find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to cope with, there's nothing at all to stop people of all ages taking part. Being fairly fit does however help you to enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo came from Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some exciting new schools known as "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques. This ultimately became known as Taekwondo and the main focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, in particular fast kicking styles, head kicks and spinning/jumping kicks. Now Rotherham Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
The number of Taekwondo practitioners globally, now exceeds 60 million. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to anyone, and heading along to a local Rotherham Taekwondo club or class is the easiest way to get yourself involved. While noone would expect you to get to Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Rotherham.
It would seem that the most appealing element of Taekwondo is self-defence. This isn't difficult to believe when you think about the high levels of violence witnessed in town and city centres day after day. It's a key factor of Taekwondo that you can be confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time exercise self-restraint and respect others.
Hopefully, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you will not ever need to try out your newly discovered skills to defend yourself.
Your First Rotherham Taekwondo Class: If you've never tried Taekwondo before you will likely be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first class. This could vary depending on which Rotherham school you go to, but will typically involve the following. 15 to 20 minutes of warm up exercises to loosen stiff muscles and increate your heart rate, some technical training including learning some kicks, hand attacks, stances and blocking techniques, learning the first patterns or forms, a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and last but not least a warm down to stretch muscles and loosen up.
Taekwondo Kicks: One of the main features of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a selection of the basic kicks: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi).
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom, and membership of this organization is compulsory should you wish to sign up with any Taekwondo club in Rotherham or nearby.