Ely Taekwondo (CB7): If you have been thinking about taking up a hobby to achieve some specific goals such as to develop your body and mind, enhance your self-esteem, build your confidence and learn some valuable self-defence techniques, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Taekwondo is quite physically demanding, which means it may be considered more suitable for the younger rather than the older generation in Ely. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it particularly good for children. Older adults may find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Ely 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.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently formulated of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul founded some new schools which they called "kwans", merging a number of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which was eventually called, primarily involves kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, rapid kicking strategies and jumping/turning kicks.
Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo has more than 60 million followers all around the world, and although you may not aspire to be an Olympic Games sportsman, you are still able to sign up for a Taekwondo class or club to learn what will undoubtedly turn out to be a rewarding and fascinating pastime.
For many people in Ely, it's the self-defence element of Taekwondo which holds the most appeal. And in these times of increasing violence, especially in city and town centres, it is little surprise that this sits high up on people's priority lists. It is a primary element of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your capability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect other people and learn self-restraint.
Although you'll take a lot of trouble learning these vital self-defence skills, with a bit of luck you won't ever need to apply them apart from within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Class
If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you will be wondering what will happen. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training including learning some blocks, stances, kicks and hand attacks, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.
Taekwondo also of course has got its own governing body, and in the British Isles it is British Taekwondo. Anyone wishing to sign up with a Taekwondo club in Ely has to become a member of this organisation. You will be able to get plenty of info regarding news, safe practices, coaching courses, equality and safeguarding, starting a new Taekwondo club, clubs and members, first aid, events, coaches and referees, and more, by viewing British Taekwondo's official website.
The Basic Taekwondo Kicks
Kicks play a significant role in Taekwondo, here are a selection of the best known ones ones: Axe Kick, Front Kick, Push Kick, Side Kick, Back Kick, Hook or Whip Kick, Roundhouse Kick, Crescent Kick. Blocks: To stop and avert an inbound Taekwondo attack, blocks (called Makgi) are used. They are held in various positions and employ the hands with sections of the arm. Certain attacks necessitate specified blocks, but blocks can also be changed into counter-attacking moves by linking retaliatory kicks or punches. The most used "blocks" (makgi) include: Palm Block, Upper Block, Low Block, Rising Block, Nine Block, Single Forearm Block, Double Forearm Block, Knife Hand Block and Double Knife Hand Block.
With there being various kinds of Taekwondo there's never really been any standard arrangement for allocating belts (levels). What exists is however pretty similar and consists of 2 belt groups "senior" and "junior" (black and colour), each of these groups is divided into grades, 8 to 12 colours in the case of juniors and 9 "blacks" for seniors.
In all tournaments, events and contests taking place under the supervision of British Taekwondo, safety equipment like a mouth protector, shin pads, forearm guards, a blue/red head protector, a groin guard, hand guards and red/blue trunk armour is mandatory. The kicking techniques used in Taekwondo may cause serious injuries and this preventative measure helps make this activity less hazardous for its competitors.
We can more or less guarantee that if you participate in Taekwondo you are going to gain more confidence, improve your levels of fitness and make more friends. If that is all that you get out of it, then all well and good, and you can call it an achievement! We're not all vying to be Jade Jones's or Lutalo Muhammad's, but those of you who are, have to start with the very first step. Good luck with your journey! 👊
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Basic Taekwondo Kicks
- Back Kick (Dwo Chagi)
- Whip or Hook Kick (Huryeo Chagi)
- Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi)
- Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi)
- Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi)
- Push Kick (Meereo Chagi)
- Front Kick (Ap Chagi)
- Side Kick (Yeop Chagi)
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