Windlesham Taekwondo (GU20): 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 build your confidence, bolster your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body and learn some useful self-defence techniques. This more modern of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after World War 2.
If you asked people in Windlesham what their thoughts were on Taekwondo, most would say it is an activity for younger children. The truth is though, that people of every age group are able to take part in this sport despite its high physical demands. Being relatively fit does however help you to enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
With its origins in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is certainly one of the more recently established of the martial arts and consists of mainly kicking moves such as jumping/turning kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking methods. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Ever since the Sydney Olympic Games in the year 2000, Taekwondo has been a competitive Olympic sport. This has made it even more popular worldwide with some 60 million people regularly participating in classes. And it's by joining a Taekwondo club or class that you can commence your journey of learning this unique art.
While there is much to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the self-defence aspect that most Windlesham people are interested in. This is not surprising when you consider the rising levels of violence seen in town and city centres these days. Learning to defend yourself while at the same time applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
Such self-defence techniques may sooner or later come in handy in your day to day life, although it is far more likely that you will only be putting them to the test within a supervised class setting. However it's an amazing feeling knowing the fact that you will always be able to defend yourself when you need to.
Your First Taekwondo Class
Different Taekwondo clubs in and around Windlesham will have different thoughts on what learners should cover on their initial class, but to give you an understanding of what you can expect most first Taekwondo classes will include things like a warm-up, a bit of sparring, learning simple forms (Poomse), an overview of blocking techniques, hand attacks, stances and kicks (technical training) and a final warm-down to relax weary muscles and return the body to a state of harmony.
The UK regulating body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you want to sign up with a Taekwondo club in Windlesham, you will also be required to become a member of this respected organization. You will be able to get loads of info regarding events, health and safety, first aid, equality and safeguarding, establishing a new club, news, coaches and referees, coaching courses, clubs and members, and more, by checking out British Taekwondo's official website.
Kicks play a key role in Taekwondo, here are a selection of the more basic ones: Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi). Taekwondo Blocks: To repulse the numerous hand attacks and kicks there are an equally diverse selection of blocks. Using the hands and areas of the arm, they're held in diverse positions. Certain attacks call for specified blocks, but blocks can also be changed into counter-attacks by the combination of retaliatory kicks or punches. The most used "blocks" in Taekwondo include: Palm Block, Double Knife Hand Block, Single Forearm Block, Nine Block, Double Forearm Block, Rising Block, Knife Hand Block, Upper Block and Low Block.
Forms are a pivotal element of Taekwondo and are vital if you are going to excel at this intriguing martial art. A few basic "forms" have to be learned at the start and more elaborate forms will have to be perfected so as to progress through the various levels. A Taekwondo form is categorized by various variables such as direction, technique and stance.
Windlesham Taekwondo for Beginners
It does not matter who you are or what you're capable of in Taekwondo, at one stage you were a complete novice, fearing failure and knowing nothing. We have all started out like this and are only able to improve and learn with practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in Windlesham are the place to start that learning process and to acquire the basics so that you can gain self-confidence and move forward in your exciting Taekwondo adventure. The majority of beginner classes are set up to be friendly and fun, providing a gradual introduction to the basic Taekwondo principles and developing a solid foundation for the future.
Safety gear such as forearm guards, shin pads, hand guards, a gum shield, blue/red trunk armour, a blue/red head protector and a groin protector have to be used in all competitions overseen by British Taekwondo. Protection from injury is vital on account of the potent kicks which are part and parcel of this activity.
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Basic Taekwondo Kicks
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
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(This taekwondo Windlesham article was successfully updated on 07-10-2022)