Chorley Taekwondo (PR7): If you have been thinking about taking up a hobby to achieve some specific goals such as to learn some useful self-defence techniques, strengthen your body and mind, boost your confidence and enhance your self-respect, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since its development during the 1940's.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Chorley from taking this up. To be fair, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical health can easily take part and get benefits from this activity.
With its beginnings in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is certainly one of the more recently developed of the martial arts and involves mainly kicking moves such as turning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Taekwondo has become really popular in Chorley and all over the world, with more than 60 million students worldwide. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, joining a local Chorley Taekwondo class or club is a good starting point. Whilst the likelihood of you reaching Olympic standard are quite slim, there isn't any reason at all why you cannot master this fascinating martial art.
For many people in Chorley, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. 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. However, exercising self-restraint and a respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first class. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
Taekwondo Kicks: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks you will learn initially include: Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).
Taekwondo - The Benefits: You will probably be interested to learn about exactly what sort of benefits might be gained by attending Chorley Taekwondo classes and participating fully in its activities. You can expect to: Learn self-defence by coaching you to understand circumstances in which self-defence may be required, and empowering you to turn these kinds of situations to your advantage, Better discipline by comprehensively educating your body and mind in the principles and strategies of Taekwondo, Grow in confidence by inspiring you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Strengthen your body and mind thru enhanced physical coordination and mental discipline, Supercharge stamina, flexibility and agility through intensive cardiovascular effort, Increase your self-esteem by intensifying your physical and mental fitness, Lessen stress using advanced breath control.
Competitions: There are a wide variety of competitions in Taekwondo involving all the various styles. They mostly involve sparring, patterns and breaking with very little hard contact. International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) competitions don't allow excessive contact but do allow hand attacks to the head. World Taekwondo (WT) and Olympic competitions allow only sparring. Multi-style competitions also take place.
Taekwondo for Beginners: Students starting out on their Taekwondo adventure in Chorley will at first sign up for a beginners class. Beginners classes are great, because there is no pressure and everything is done at a slow, relaxed pace. Learning and having fun are the main aims in the beginning and students who are having fun tend to learn much faster and absorb more of what they are being taught. Even Taekwondo masters started out as clueless novices, so take that first step and who knows where you will end up!
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