Shrewsbury Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways that you can bolster your self-esteem, learn some self-defence techniques, strengthen your body and mind and boost your confidence, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. 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 come to mind at the mere mention of Taekwondo. While the younger generation should find it easier to contend with the physical demands of Taekwondo, people of every age group can practice the sport. Being fairly fit and agile is however a prerequisite of Taekwondo.
The sport was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it wasn't given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. Some schools called "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers. The main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking styles, spinning/jumping kicks and head kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". These days Shrewsbury Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo enthusiasts globally, now exceeds 60 million. If you want to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, signing up for a Taekwondo class or club in Shrewsbury is a great place to start. While the chances of you reaching Olympic standard are fairly slim, there is no reason at all why you can't master this fascinating martial art.
While there's a lot to be gained by mastering Taekwondo, it's the aspect of self-defence that most Shrewsbury people are interested in. This is no real surprise when you take into account the rising levels of violence seen in town and city centres nowadays. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main benefits of Taekwondo.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have never attempted Taekwondo before, you might be curious to know just what is going to occur on your first lesson. The following will give you an illustration, but this could vary subject to which Shrewsbury school you attend. A 15-20 minute warm up, some technical training covering some stances, blocking techniques, kicks and hand attacks, learning some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and to finish off a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is probably most recognized for its acrobatic kicking, here are some of the basic kicks you'll learn as a beginner: Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi).