Slough Taekwondo: If you've been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to enhance your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body, learn some valuable self-defence techniques and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. Since its beginnings in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
While in no way intending to be ageist, Taekwondo can be rather physical and is generally more suited to younger people in Slough, it's especially good for children who will learn to be self-disciplined and respecting of others. It could prove too taxing for some older adults, but shouldn't be a problem for those who are already fit and active. Carrying their Taekwondo experience through into older adulthood should not however be difficult for those who begin when they are younger. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in around 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not coined until the 1950's. Some exciting new schools called "kwans", merging various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mainly involves kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, rapid kicking styles and jumping/spinning kicks. Now Slough Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo now has more than 60 million students worldwide and has become really popular in Slough and throughout the UK. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, joining a local Slough Taekwondo club or class is an excellent starting point. Whilst you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there isn't any reason why you can't become a master of this fascinating martial art and have some fun along the way.
Although there's much to be gained by mastering Taekwondo, it is the element of self-defence that most Slough people are interested in. And in these days of increasing violence, especially in city and town centres, it is no real surprise that this sits prominently people's priority list. Learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and respect for others is a key principle of Taekwondo.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you have booked your first class but haven't attempted Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to prepare for. The following will give you an illustration, but this can vary depending on which Slough school you go to. An initial warm up lasting 15 to 20 minutes, some technical training which will involve learning some stances, hand attacks, kicks and blocks, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), some tips on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent cramping and spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: One of the main features of Taekwondo is kicking, listed here is a selection of the basic kicks: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi).