Bebington Taekwondo (CH62): Learning a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are a popular choice these days. Taking up something like Taekwondo enables you to learn a bit of self-defence, enhance your self-esteem, build your confidence and strengthen your body and mind. This more modern of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after World War 2.
As Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is possibly more suitable for the younger people of Bebington. That is not to say that elderly people can't participate in this activity, but merely that there could be other martial arts that are more appropriate for the less nimble of us. Tai Chi would be the perfect illustration.
Based mostly around high-kicking moves and manoeuvres like head-height kicks, rapid kicking methods and spinning/jumping kicks, Taekwondo was developed from the techniques of different martial arts, by a number of Seoul martial arts experts in new schools known as "Kwans" during the nineteen forties and fifties. These "Kwans" were given the names Mooduk Kwan, Songmu Kwan, Jido Kwan, Chungdo Kwan and Changmu Kwan.
With more than 60 million fitness enthusiasts participating in Taekwondo sessions all over the world, this has definitely become a popular activity, and if you become really expert at this martial art you may possibly one day be eligible for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part ever since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
For many people in Bebington, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these times of increased violence, particularly in town and city centres, it's not surprising that this sits at the top of people's list of priorities. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time respecting others and exercising self-restraint is one of the key principles of Taekwondo.
Whilst it will give you peace of mind being aware that you have those self-defence skills tucked away inside you, the odds are you will never need to test them outside of a dedicated Taekwondo class.
Your First Lesson
If you've made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first class, you'll be curious about what will happen. This may vary depending on which Bebington school you go to, but will usually involve the following. A 15 to 20 minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen your muscles, a bit of technical training covering some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), some tips on sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
The UK official governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you would like to join a Taekwondo class in Bebington, you will also be required to become a member of this organization. You can read about coaching courses, news, members and clubs, safe practices, first aid, equality and safeguarding, events, establishing a new Taekwondo club, coaches and referees, and more on the official British Taekwondo website, and find the latest news reports on their Twitter or Facebook page.
There are lots of different Taekwondo kicking moves, here are just a few of them: Push Kick, Back Kick, Front Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Side Kick, Whip or Hook Kick, Axe Kick, Crescent Kick. Taekwondo Blocks: To defend against and stop an incoming attack, "blocks" (known as Makgi) are employed. Using the hands and areas of the arm, they're held in particular positions. Certain attacks necessitate particular blocks, but "blocks" can also be transformed into counter-attacks by combining retaliatory kicks or punches. The main Taekwondo "blocks" (makgi) include: Single Forearm Block, Low Block, Nine Block, Upper Block, Knife Hand Block, Double Knife Hand Block, Rising Block, Palm Block and Double Forearm Block.
A standard Taekwondo tournament incorporates sparring, patterns and breaking, where the Olympics is concerned only sparring is involved. That being said there can also be some extraordinary events in certain competitions such as team demonstrations and self-defence. World Taekwondo competitions are solely soft-contact events, while ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) tournaments permit some hand attacks to the head. There are in addition several multi-discipline tournaments.
It matters not what you're capable of or who you are in Taekwondo, at one time you were a complete novice, fearing failure and knowing absolutely nothing. We have all started out like this and are only able to improve and learn through practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in Bebington are the right place to begin that learning process and to pick up the necessary basics so that you can gain confidence and proceed with your exciting Taekwondo quest. Most beginner classes are geared up to be friendly and fun, providing a slow introduction to the fundamental Taekwondo values and developing a solid foundation moving forward.
Taekwondo Safety Gear
British Taekwondo matches call for specific safety equipment to be worn to safeguard contenders from being injured due to the powerful kicks that occur. This safety equipment includes: forearm guards, red or blue trunk armour, a groin guard, a blue or red head guard, a mouth guard, shin guards and hand guards.
Basic Kicks in Taekwondo
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
Bebington Taekwondo clubs can normally help you with beginners Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo patterns, Taekwondo for self-defence, women's Taekwondo classes, sparring and fitness, Taekwondo for the disabled, one-to-one Taekwondo classes, the rules of Taekwondo, private Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo scoring, Taekwondo equipment, Taekwondo etiquette and other martial arts stuff in Bebington, Merseyside.
Also find: Woodhey Taekwondo classes, Bromborough Taekwondo classes, Higher Bebington Taekwondo classes, Rock Ferry Taekwondo classes, Thornton Hough Taekwondo classes, Egerton Park Taekwondo classes, Pensby Taekwondo classes, Barnston Taekwondo classes, New Ferry Taekwondo classes, Landican Taekwondo classes, Prenton East Taekwondo classes, Heswall Taekwondo classes, Port Sunlight Taekwondo classes, Fairfield Taekwondo classes, Irby Taekwondo classes, Storeton Taekwondo and more Merseyside Taekwondo classes.
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Bebington Taekwondo classes are not simply for the people of Bebington itself but also for followers from Port Sunlight, Thornton Hough, Pensby, Barnston, Higher Bebington, Woodhey, Rock Ferry, Bromborough, Egerton Park, Fairfield, Storeton, Heswall, Landican, Irby, New Ferry, Prenton East and other Merseyside locations.
List of further reading: Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-Do Hae Sul: Real Applications to the ITF Patterns, Tae Kwon Do (Richard Chun), Official Taekwondo Training Manual, Taekwondo White to Black Belt: Your Ultimate Grading and Reference Summary by Phil Pearce, Taekwondo: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Korean Art of Self-Defense, Complete Taekwondo Poomsae: The Official Taegeuk, Palgwae, and Black Belt Forms of Taekwondo, Taekwondo: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique by Marc Tedeschi.
More Merseyside Taekwondo classes: Crosby, Kirkby, Formby, Wallasey, Litherland, St Helens, Newton-le-Willows, Prescot, Bootle, Maghull, Liverpool, Birkenhead, Halewood, Southport, Bebington, Haydock and Heswall.
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(This taekwondo Bebington article was revised and updated on 06-06-2022)