Farnborough Taekwondo (GU14): Developed in the nineteen forties in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art which has grown in popularity in the last 20 years or so. Known as a means by which to learn self-defence, develop your mind and body, build your confidence and bolster your self-respect, it's been taken up by a huge number of people across the globe.
As Taekwondo has quite high physical requirements, it's possibly more suitable for the younger people of Farnborough. That isn't to say that older people can't be involved in this kind of activity, but just that there could be other martial arts which are more suitable for the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be a perfect example.
Taekwondo is a martial art that primarily features kicking moves and manoeuvres, most notably head kicks, rapid kicking techniques and spinning/jumping kicks. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea in the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists founded schools known as "kwans", which blended a variety of martial arts practices.
Taekwondo has grown to be really popular in Farnborough and all around the world, with over sixty million participants worldwide. Registering with a local Farnborough Taekwondo club or class is a great way to become involved with this activity which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. Whilst you might not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you should not become a maestro of this challenging martial art and have some fun in the process.
In these times of escalating violence, it's hardly surprising that individuals in locations like Farnborough are getting involved in self-defence techniques such as Taekwondo to help them to feel safer and more secure in their everyday life. The self-defence aspect is one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for those around us, which are disciplines that are often absent in 21st century living.
While its good to know they're there if you need them, with luck you'll never be required to use your newly discovered Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club surroundings.
What to Expect From Your First Class
If Taekwondo is not an activity that you have ever tried before, you'll likely be wondering what to expect from your initial class if you make your mind up to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in the Farnborough area have varying ideas about this but roughly; you'll take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you'll do a certain amount of technical training, you'll learn some forms (patterns), you'll practice sparring strategies and last but not least you will warm-down to get your body back into a relaxed state once more.
The body regulating Taekwondo in Great Britain is British Taekwondo and anyone wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Farnborough has to also become a member of British Taekwondo. You'll be able to read about news, health and safety, coaching courses, beginning a new Taekwondo club, first aid, clubs and members, coaches and referees, events, equality and safeguarding, and more on the British Taekwondo website, or get the latest news stories on their Twitter or Facebook page.
The Popular Taekwondo Kicks
As martial arts go, Taekwondo sticks out as the one with the most kicking techniques. These are just some fundamental ones: Hook or Whip Kick, Front Kick, Push Kick, Back Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Crescent Kick, Axe Kick, Side Kick. Blocks: Taekwondo "blocks", that are used to fend off the various attacks, are known as Makgi. Using the hand and parts of the arm, they are held in specific positions. Each "block" can be merged with a punch or kick to produce a counter-attacking move, and each one is suitable for a particular attack. The main blocks include: Double Knife Hand Block, Palm Block, Nine Block, Double Forearm Block, Single Forearm Block, Rising Block, Low Block, Knife Hand Block and Upper Block.
Forms are a key element of Taekwondo and are crucial if you are to excel at this thrilling activity. A few basic "forms" should be grasped at the beginning and more challenging forms will have to be mastered so as to progress through the various levels. A Taekwondo form is distinguished by various aspects such as stance, direction and technique.
Safety equipment like a blue/red body guard (hogu), forearm guards, a gum shield, hand guards, shin pads, a groin protector and a red/blue head protector are worn in all contests controlled by British Taekwondo. Protection from injuries is required thanks to the powerful kicks that are an integral part of this sport.
Basic Kicks in Taekwondo
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
Farnborough Taekwondo clubs can normally help you with private Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo etiquette, Taekwondo for beginners, one-to-one Taekwondo classes, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo patterns, Taekwondo scoring, Taekwondo for kids, the rules of Taekwondo, Taekwondo for adults, Taekwondo uniforms, Taekwondo for the disabled and more martial arts stuff in Farnborough, Hampshire.
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Farnborough Taekwondo classes aren't only intended for the people of Farnborough itself but also for followers from Deepcut, Ash Green, Cove, Aldershot Camp, Ash, Normandy, Ewshot, Ash Vale, Church Crookham, Farnborough Green, Mytchett, Tongham, Aldershot, Fleet, Frimley, West Heath, North Town and other Hampshire areas.
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