Chesterfield Taekwondo (S40): A Korean martial art that was developed during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you would like to boost your confidence, learn some self-defence moves, enhance your self-esteem and strengthen your body and mind, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Chesterfield and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults may find it somewhat too demanding unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Chesterfield at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in around 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking strategies, jumping/spinning kicks and head-height kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist".
Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has over 60 million followers worldwide, and while you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games athlete, you can still join a Taekwondo club or class to learn what will no doubt turn out to be a fascinating and rewarding activity.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Chesterfield join classes and take up the sport. There has been a worrying increase in violent behaviour in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres around Derbyshire and the UK in general. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and respect for others, not such common qualities in Chesterfield nowadays.
There's a pretty good chance that your newly learned Taekwondo skills will never need to be used in the outside world, but it will certainly give you peace of mind knowing that they are there should you need them.
Your First Class: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. There may be variations to the following, depending on which Chesterfield Taekwondo school you attend, but you can roughly expect; A fifteen to twenty minute warm up, some technical training such as learning some stances, kicks, blocking techniques and hand attacks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), some ideas on sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent spasms and cramping.
Chesterfield Taekwondo classes are not solely for folks in Chesterfield itself but also for enthusiasts from Brimington Common, Brampton, Ashgate, Hollingwood, Cutthorpe, Calow, Boythorpe, Walton, Stonedge, Grassmoor, Tapton, Wingerworth, Newbold, Whittington Moor, Dronfield, Holymoorside and other surrounding locations.
Taekwondo Kicks: There are quite a few different Taekwondo kicks, here are just a few of them: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi).
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Beginners in Taekwondo do not need to worry too much about forms (Poomse, patterns) at the outset but they will learn some basic ones to start with and progress to more complex forms as they move up the belts (grades/dans). A form is signified by certain aspects of Taekwondo including direction, stance and technique. Learning these sequences is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Tournaments: Competitions are an important part of the overall Taekwondo experience and all of the different styles all over the world hold tournaments where Taekwondo masters come together to compete. Hard contact is rarely allowed in any of these competitions which mainly incorporate breaking, sparring and patterns. Sparring only is allowed in Olympic and WT tournaments, while some hand attacks are tolerated in ITF events.
Taekwondo Safety Equipment: Competitions governed by British Taekwondo rules require various items of protective gear to be used, these include: a red or blue head guard, forearm protectors, shin pads, a groin protector, a mouth protector, a blue/red body guard (hogu) and hand protectors. This is important because of the powerful kicking attacks being employed.
To Summarize: We cannot all be like Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, and I guess that we wouldn't all want to be. Taekwondo isn't just about Olympic titles and National Championships. Most of us are happy to meet different people, improve our fitness levels and make new friends, and that is how it should be. However, as with most things in life, what you get out of it will depend on what you put into it. Good luck! 👊
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