Torquay Taekwondo: If you have been looking around Torquay for some ideas for a new hobby, you may want to consider Taekwondo as a candidate. Practising this sport will enable you to enhance your self-esteem, boost your confidence, strengthen your body and mind and learn a bit of self-defence. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Many people in Torquay would imagine that the high kicking, fast punching movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suited to younger children. While the younger and fitter generation should find it easier to contend with the demands of Taekwondo, people of all ages can and do practice the sport. It should however be said that if you're fairly fit you'll definately get more enjoyment out of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo originated in Korea in 1945. This combination of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some new schools in Seoul called "kwans", founded by a group of Korean martial artists. This eventually became known as Taekwondo and the primary focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, in particular jumping/turning kicks, fast kicking styles and head-height kicks. Nowadays Torquay Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
Taekwondo has become really popular in Torquay and all across the globe, with over sixty million students worldwide. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to have a go, joining your local Torquay Taekwondo class or club is the best way to get involved. There's no reason why you can't reach a high standard in this exciting sport, even if you have no desire to take part in the Olympics.
Whilst there's a lot to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it's the self-defence element that most Torquay people find appealing. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's city centres. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the primary principles of Taekwondo.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have not tried Taekwondo before you will likely be a bit anxious as to what you should expect on your first class. This may vary subject to which Torquay school you go to, but will typically involve the following. A 15 to 20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen the muscles, a little technical training such as learning some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocks, a look at some Poomse (or forms), some tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down to relax and stretch weary muscles.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Taekwondo is well known for its powerful kicks, here are the basic ones: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi).