Tamworth Taekwondo: If you're looking for ways to learn self-defence, bolster your self-respect, strengthen your body and mind and build your confidence, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Many people in Tamworth would imagine that the high kicking, fast punching movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suitable for younger children. While the younger and fitter generation should find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to contend with, there's nothing at all to stop people of all ages taking part. Being relatively fit is however a prerequisite of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts devotees established some new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a combination of martial arts techniques. The main focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking movements, in particular rapid kicking styles, head kicks and jumping/turning kicks. Today Tamworth Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Tamworth and all around the world, with more than 60 million practitioners worldwide. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, joining your local Tamworth Taekwondo club or class is an excellent starting point. While noone would seriously expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Tamworth.
It is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Tamworth. And its no great surprise that this is high on people's list of priorities when you consider the ever increasing incidence of violence seen nowadays in town centres throughout the United Kingdom. The ability to defend yourself while still respecting others and exercising self-restraint is one of the primary principles of Taekwondo.
With a bit of luck, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you will never need to try out your newly discovered skills to defend yourself.
Your First Tamworth Taekwondo Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you'll be wondering what to expect. This could vary from class to class but will generally entail all or most of the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to loosen your muscles and increase heart rate, some technical training such as learning some kicks, stances, blocks and hand attacks, some work on patterns or forms, a look at sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and to finish off a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.
Some Taekwondo Kicks (With Korean Names): Taekwondo is perhaps most recognized for its acrobatic kicks, here are some of the basic kicks you'll learn as a novice: Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi).