Worcester Taekwondo: If you are looking to take up a new activity which will enable you to bolster your self-esteem, boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body and learn self-defence, you should give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible option. This more modern martial art has quickly gained popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Most people in Worcester would assume that the fast punching, high kicking movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suited to young kids. The fact is though, that people of every age are able to take part in this sport despite its considerable physical demands. You will however get a lot more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are fairly fit and agile.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in around 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. Some new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, fast kicking styles and jumping/turning kicks. Nowadays Worcester Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Popular globally Taekwondo now has over 60 million enthusiasts. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, joining your local Worcester Taekwondo class or club is a great starting point. Whilst the likelihood of you reaching Olympic standard are fairly slim, there's no reason at all why you can't master this fascinating martial art.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Worcester. And in these days of increased violence, especially in city and town centres, it is no real surprise that this sits prominently people's list of priorities. It is a key principle of Taekwondo that you can be confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time respect others and exercise self-restraint.
With any luck you will not ever need to use your newly acquired Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, however it's nice to know it is there if you need it.
Your First Worcester Taekwondo Lesson: For those of you who have never done Taekwondo before, you'll no doubt be intrigued to know what to expect from your first class. This will vary from school to school but will usually include all or some of the following. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to loosen your muscles and increase heart rate, a bit of technical training covering some blocking techniques, kicks, stances and hand attacks, a look at some Poomse (or forms), some tips on sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and to finish off a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
Taekwondo Kicks: There are quite a lot of different Taekwondo kicks, here are just a few of them: Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi).
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and anybody wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Worcester must also become a member of British Taekwondo.