Sheffield Taekwondo: If you'd like to learn some self-defence moves, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-esteem and boost your confidence, an ideal sport to get involved in is Taekwondo. This more modern martial art has quickly gained popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Most people in Sheffield would assume that the high kicking, fast punching movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suited to young kids. While the younger generation may find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to contend with, there is nothing to stop people of every age taking part. It does however help if you are relatively agile and fit to fully enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the martial art began life in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques. The main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking movements, especially head kicks, rapid kicking methods and jumping/turning kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". These days Sheffield Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
With over 60 million students around the globe and quite a few in Sheffield, Taekwondo has become really popular. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to have a go, joining a local Sheffield Taekwondo class or club is a good way to get involved. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there isn't any reason why you can't still become a Taekwondo master.
Of all the numerous benefits of doing this sport, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Sheffield find most interesting. And in these times of ever increasing violence, especially in city and town centres, it is no surprise that this features on top of people's list of priorities. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with Taekwondo's self-defence principles.
Although you'll spend a lot of time mastering these vital self-defence skills, with a bit of luck you will never need to implement them except within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Class: If you have not attempted Taekwondo before, you may be interested to find out what is likely to occur on your first lesson. The following will give you an example, but this will vary subject to which Sheffield school you have signed up for. A 15 to 20 minute warm up to loosen the muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training covering some stances, hand attacks, kicks and blocks, learning some forms (or Poomse), some tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to round off a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is recognized for its impressive kicks, listed here are the important ones: Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi).