Sale Taekwondo: If you're looking for ways that you can bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body, build your confidence and learn a bit of self-defence, you might think about taking up a sport like 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. While the younger generation may find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to cope with, there is nothing to stop people of every age taking part. However, so as to fully enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo, it helps to be fairly fit and agile.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). This blend of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some schools in Seoul called "kwans", set up by a group of Korean martial artists. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, in particular fast kicking methods, head kicks and jumping/spinning kicks. Nowadays Sale Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
With more than sixty million enthusiasts globally and a fair few in Sale, Taekwondo has become extremely popular. Joining your local Sale Taekwondo club or class is a great way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. There is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art, even if you do not aspire to Olympic competition.
People in Sale learn Taekwondo for many purposes but it is the self-defence aspect that appeals to most. You should not be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. Learning to defend yourself while at the same time respecting others and exercising self-restraint is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have booked your first lesson but have not done Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Sale follow a similar routine, but there might be some variation to the following. An initial warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a little technical training such as learning some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks, learning the fundamental patterns or forms, a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.
Taekwondo Kicks: Among the best known Taekwondo kicks you will learn to begin with include: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi).