Taekwondo St Neots
St Neots Taekwondo: If you're looking for ways that you can learn some self-defence moves, enhance your self-esteem, boost your confidence and strengthen your body and mind, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since it was created during the nineteen forties.
Due to its more physical elements, Taekwondo is possibly more suited to the younger generation in St Neots and is particularly appropriate for children as it is terrific for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Seniors may find it a bit too challenging unless they are particularly active and fit. People in St Neots who take up Taekwondo when they may be young find it easy to continue when they become older. If you consider yourself amongst the less agile, you could always try something like Tai Chi which is much softer.
Taekwondo came from Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, incorporating a number of various martial arts techniques. The focus of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, in particular fast kicking styles, spinning/jumping kicks and head kicks. Now St Neots Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo now has more than 60 million enthusiasts worldwide and has become extremely popular in St Neots and throughout the United Kingdom. Signing up for a local Taekwondo class or club in St Neots is the best way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst the chances of you reaching Olympic standard are fairly slim, there's no reason at all why you can't master this exhilarating martial art.
People in St Neots take up Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence element that appeals to most. You should not be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's town centres. In fact one of the main benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising a degree of self-restraint and having respect for others.
Your First Lesson: For those of you who have never done Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be curious to know just what to expect from your first lesson. The following will give you an overview, but this may vary from school to school. 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some blocks, kicks, hand attacks and stances, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and finally a warm down to relax and stretch weary muscles.
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks that you will learn to begin with include: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi).