Barnet Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways to build your confidence, learn a bit of self-defence, bolster your self-respect and strengthen your body and mind, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Taekwondo is a perfect sport for children in Barnet, because it teaches self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical elements make it more appropriate for younger people. Unless they are particularly fit and active, seniors may find it too physically challenging. However people who take up Taekwondo in Barnet at a young age will find they can comfortably carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might find that Tai Chi which is a bit less strenuous, is more suitable.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul founded some exciting new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a blend of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, in particular rapid kicking methods, head-height kicks and turning/jumping kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Barnet Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo has become extremely popular in Barnet and all around the world, with more than 60 million students worldwide. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to everybody, and joining a local Barnet Taekwondo class or club is the best way to get yourself involved. While noone would seriously expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Barnet.
It is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Barnet. This is not hard to believe when you think about the high levels of violence experienced in city centres day after day. In actual fact one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
While its nice to know that you can defend yourself whenever you need to, you should be hoping that you never need to do this outside of your local Taekwondo club environment.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you've never attempted Taekwondo before you will be a bit concerned as to what to expect on your first class. There may be variations to the following, subject to which Barnet Taekwondo school you attend, but you can more or less expect; A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce stiffness in the muscles, a little technical training including learning some blocks, stances, kicks and hand attacks, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), some ideas on sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and finally a warm down to loosen up and stretch muscles.
If you wish to join a Taekwondo club in Barnet, you will also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.