Edinburgh Taekwondo (EH1): If you're planning to take up a new activity that will help you to boost your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect and learn some valuable self-defence techniques, you should consider Taekwondo as a possible candidate. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since it was created during the nineteen forties.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Edinburgh 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.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools known as "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking styles, spinning/jumping kicks and head kicks.
Since the Sydney Olympic Games in the year 2000, Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport. This has made it even more popular worlwide with some 60 million people actively taking part in classes. And it is by joining a Taekwondo club or class that you can begin your journey of learning this fascinating art.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh Taekwondo Lesson: Different Taekwondo clubs in Edinburgh will have different ideas about what pupils should cover on their first class, but to give you an idea of what to expect most first Taekwondo lessons will include a warm-up, some sparring, learning Poomse (forms), an introduction to blocks, kicks, hand attacks and stances (technical training) and a warm-down to stretch tired muscles and return the body to a state of equilibrium.
Edinburgh Taekwondo classes aren't only intended for folks in Edinburgh itself but also for enthusiasts from Portobello, Musselburgh, Trinity, Bonnington, Currie, Juniper Green, Ratho, Danderhall, Loanhead, South Gyle, Craigentinny, Corstorphine, Newington, Dalkeith, Leith, Newhaven, Wallyford and other surrounding places.
The Eight Basic Taekwondo Kicks: Some of the best known Taekwondo kicks you will learn initially include: Side Kick, Back Kick, Push Kick, Crescent Kick, Front Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Axe Kick, Whip or Hook Kick.
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