Swansea Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are very popular nowadays. Taking up something like Taekwondo enables you to build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-esteem and learn a bit of self-defence. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since it was developed during the 1940's and 50's.
While not intending to be in any way ageist, Taekwondo can be quite physical and is generally more suited to younger people in Swansea, it's particularly good for children who will learn to be self-disciplined and respecting of others. It could prove too tough for some older adults, but shouldn't be a problem for those who are already active and fit. For those folks who take up Taekwondo at a younger age, continuing the adventure into older adulthood should not be a problem. Tai Chi or something similarly softer might be more suited to the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo was only developed quite recently in Korea (1945). In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts devotees founded some schools which they called "kwans", practicing a mixture of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly entails kicking manoeuvres, especially head kicks, fast kicking methods and jumping/turning kicks. Today Swansea Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners worldwide and has become really popular in Swansea and throughout the UK. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, joining your local Swansea Taekwondo class or club is a good starting point. Whilst reaching Olympic standard may be beyond your capabilities, there's no reason why you cannot become a Taekwondo master.
It seems to be the case that the most interesting aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. This isn't hard to believe when you take into account the elevated levels of violence experienced in town and city centres on a daily basis. Being capable of defending yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by exercising self-restraint and respecting others.
Hopefully, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you will never need to try out your newly acquired skills to defend yourself.
Your First Class: If you've decided to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first class, you will be curious about what will happen. This may vary depending on which Swansea school you go to, but will usually include the following. 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a little technical training covering some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocks, learning some forms (or Poomse), some ideas on sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing.
The 8 Basic Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): Taekwondo is famous for its powerful kicks, listed here are the basic ones: Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi).
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and anybody wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Swansea must also become a member of British Taekwondo.