Banbury Taekwondo: If you've been looking around Banbury for some ideas for a new hobby, you may want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will enable you to learn some valuable self-defence techniques, boost your confidence, strengthen your body and mind and enhance your self-respect. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since its development during the 1940's and 50's.
When discussing Taekwondo, many people in Banbury assume that this is a pursuit for young kids. While the younger and fitter generation might find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to contend with, there's nothing at all to stop people of any age taking part. However, so as to fully enjoy all the complexities of Taekwondo, it helps to be fairly fit.
The sport was developed in Korea in 1945, though it wasn't given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. Some new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees. The main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking movements, in particular jumping/spinning kicks, rapid kicking methods and head-height kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Banbury Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over sixty million enthusiasts worldwide and has become extremely popular in Banbury and throughout the United Kingdom. Signing up for a local Taekwondo class or club in Banbury is an easy way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There is no reason why you can't reach an advanced standard in this exciting sport, even if you don't have any desire to take part in the Olympics.
Of all the many benefits of doing this sport, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Banbury find most appealing. This isn't hard to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence experienced in town and city centres day after day. Learning to properly defend yourself while at the same time applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key principle of Taekwondo.
Your First Banbury Taekwondo Lesson: If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you will be wondering what to expect. This may vary from class to class but will typically include all or some of the following. A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to increase your heart rate and loosen your muscles, some technical training covering some kicks, blocks, hand attacks and stances, learning some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.