Eastbourne Taekwondo (BN20): Originally developed in Korea during the 1940's and 50's, Taekwondo is a fast combatative sport that has become increasingly popular over the last 30 years or so. For those of you who wish to learn a bit of self-defence, enhance your self-respect, build your confidence and strengthen your mind and body, Taekwondo could be the ideal hobby or fitness activity.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Eastbourne 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 Eastbourne 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.
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 jumping/turning kicks, fast kicking styles and head-height kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners worldwide and has become very popular in Eastbourne and throughout the UK. If you want to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, joining a Taekwondo club or class in Eastbourne is a good place to start. There is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art, even if you do not aspire to Olympic competition.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Eastbourne are taking up self-defence classes like Taekwondo to help them feel safer in their local environment. The self-defence aspect is one of the key factors of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for other people, which are disciplines that are largely missing in modern day life.
Your First Eastbourne Taekwondo 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.
Eastbourne Taekwondo classes aren't only intended for the people of Eastbourne itself but also for devotees from Old Town, Friday Street, Foulride Green, Willingdon, Ratton, Holywell, Langney, Filching, Hampden Park, St Anthonys Hill, Wannock, Pevensey Bay, Roselands, Polegate and other nearby locations.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is famous for its dynamic kicks, here are the basic ones: Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi).
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and any individual wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Eastbourne must also become a member of British Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as stance, direction and technique. From the outset you will learn some of the basic forms, and in order to progress through the grades (belts) you will need to learn some more advanced ones.
Taekwondo Tournaments and Competitions: A typical Taekwondo competition incorporates sparring, breaking and patterns, in the Olympics only sparring is involved. That being said there may also be some special events in certain tournaments such as self-defence and team demonstrations. WT (World Taekwondo) competitions are purely soft-contact affairs, while ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) competitions allow some hand attacks to the head. There are also some multi-discipline competitions.
Safety Gear: Safety gear such as forearm protectors, a mouth protector, a groin guard, a red/blue head protector, blue or red body armour (hogu), shin pads and hand guards are used in all matches overseen by British Taekwondo. Protection from injury is necessary because of the powerful kicks that are part and parcel of this sport.
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