Weston-super-Mare Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always gratifying and the martial arts are a popular choice with people in Weston-super-Mare nowadays. Trying something like Taekwondo helps you to build your confidence, enhance your self-respect, learn some self-defence techniques and strengthen your mind and body. This more modern of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after World War 2.
If you were to ask people in Weston-super-Mare what their thoughts were on Taekwondo, most would say it's an activity for young children. The fact is though, that people of any age are able to take part in this sport despite its high physical demands. You do however need to be fairly agile and fit to fully enjoy all the complexities of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo originated in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some exciting new schools called "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques. This ultimately became known as Taekwondo and the main focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, especially head-height kicks, jumping/spinning kicks and rapid kicking methods. These days Weston-super-Mare Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
The number of Taekwondo practitioners worldwide, now exceeds 60 million. Signing up for your local Taekwondo club or class in Weston-super-Mare is a great way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst the likelihood of you reaching Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this thrilling martial art.
For many people in Weston-super-Mare, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that is the most interesting. And its not a surprise that this is on people's list of priorities when you consider the ever rising amounts of violence seen nowadays in town centres throughout the United Kingdom. Learning to properly defend yourself whilst respecting others and exercising self-restraint is a key principle of Taekwondo.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you will be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an example, but this can vary depending on which Weston-super-Mare school you go to. 15 to 20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a little technical training comprising some kicks, blocks, stances and hand attacks, a look at some forms, a few ideas on sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and to round off a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks With Korean Names: Kicks play a major role in Taekwondo, here are a small selection of the more basic ones: Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi).
Anybody who joins a Taekwondo club in Weston-super-Mare must also become a member of British Taekwondo which is the governing body of the sport in the United Kingdom.