Stourbridge Taekwondo (DY7): A Korean martial art which was developed in the 1940's, Taekwondo has grown considerably in popularity since then. If you'd like to develop your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem, build your confidence and learn some self-defence techniques, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
As Taekwondo has pretty high physical demands, it's possibly more suited to the younger generation in Stourbridge. That isn't to say that elderly people can't be involved in this kind of activity, but merely that there could be other martial arts which are more appropriate for the less nimble of us. Tai Chi would be a perfect illustration.
Taekwondo is a martial art that primarily involves kicking manoeuvres, in particular head kicks, jumping/turning kicks and fast kicking techniques. It started in Seoul, in southern Korea in the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists founded schools called "kwans", which merged a number of martial arts practices.
Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over 60 million followers all around the world, and even though you might not aspire to be an Olympic Games athlete, you can still register for a Taekwondo class or club to learn what will no doubt turn out to be a fascinating and fulfilling activity.
It seems that the most appealing aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. This is not hard to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence experienced in town and city centres on a daily basis. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
While it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have such self-defence skills in your locker, the chances are that you'll never have to test them outside the regulated setting of a dedicated Taekwondo class.
Your First Class
If you've never had a go at Taekwondo previously, you might be somewhat concerned as to what you can expect on your very first class. This varies from club to club but will typically comprise all or some of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to loosen up muscles and increase your heart rate, a little practical training involving learning some hand attacks, kicks, blocking techniques and stances, discovering some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and attack timing, and lastly a warm down to stretch and relax tired muscles.
Taekwondo of course also has its own governing body, and in the United Kingdom it is British Taekwondo. Anyone wishing enroll with a Taekwondo club in Stourbridge must become a registered member of this organisation. You'll be able to learn about equality and safeguarding, events, coaching courses, health and safety, referees and coaching, first aid, news, clubs and members, launching a new club, and more on the British Taekwondo website, or get the latest news reports on their Facebook or Twitter page.
One of the primary aspects of Taekwondo is kicking, here is a handful of the most widely used kicking moves: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi). Blocks: Taekwondo "blocks", which are used to repulse the different attacking movements, are called Makgi. They're held in various positions and use the hand with different parts of the arm. Each type of attack calls for a particular type of block, counter-attacks can be produced by combining a block with another punch or kick. The most important "blocks" (makgi) in Taekwondo include: Palm Block, Single Forearm Block, Low Block, Double Knife Hand Block, Knife Hand Block, Double Forearm Block, Upper Block, Nine Block and Rising Block.
Competitions and Tournaments
Taekwondo competitions are staged across the globe in all of the diverse styles. There's usually not a lot of hard contact but patterns (forms), sparring and breaking. Olympic and World Taekwondo tournaments only consist of sparring, in International Taekwon-Do Federation contests specific hand attacks are permitted to the head. Various other bodies hold multi-discipline tournaments.
We can more or less guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you'll gain more confidence, make new friends and improve your wellbeing. If that is all you take away from it, then all well and good, you can call it an achievement! We aren't all vying to be Jade Jones's or Lutalo Muhammad's, but those of you that are, have to begin with that very first step. Good luck with your adventure! 👊
Basic Taekwondo Kicks
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
Benefits Gained From Taekwondo
- Increase self-esteem by sharpening both mental and physical fitness
- Toughen up your mind and body through increased mental discipline and physical co-ordination
- Better discipline by exhaustively training your mind and body in the techniques and concepts of Taekwondo
- Build up your confidence by pushing you to take control of your life and succeed
- Learn self-defence by showing you how to realize occasions where self-defence may be needed, and enabling you to manipulate such circumstances to your advantage
- Reduce stress and anxiety with controlled breathing
- Improve agility, flexibility and stamina through intense cardiovascular effort
Stourbridge Taekwondo instructors can normally help you with Taekwondo forms, Taekwondo training, Taekwondo taster sessions, Taekwondo for the disabled, Taekwondo patterns, Taekwondo scoring, Taekwondo etiquette, Taekwondo instruction, Taekwondo for self-defence, Taekwondo moves, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo kicks and other martial arts stuff in Stourbridge, West Midlands.
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Stourbridge Taekwondo classes are not only for the people of Stourbridge but also for followers from Iverley, Kingswinford, Oldwinsford, Wollaston, Wollescote, Audnam, Potters Cross, Belle Vale, Quarry Bank, Brockmoor, Kinver, Wordsley, Amblecote, Pedmore Fields, Stourton and other West Midlands locations.
Recommended reading: Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History and Philosophy by Doug Cook, Taekwondo: Complete ITF Patterns, Taekwon-Do Patterns: From Beginner to Black Belt by Jim Hogan, A Killing Art: The Story of Tae Kwon Do, Taekwondo White to Black Belt: Your Ultimate Grading and Reference Summary, TAEKWON-DO: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015), The Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do Patterns by Stuart Anslow.
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(This taekwondo Stourbridge article was reviewed and updated on 20-07-2022)