Bedford Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways that you can bolster your self-esteem, learn some self-defence techniques, boost your confidence and strengthen your mind and body, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Because of its somewhat more physical aspects, Taekwondo is maybe more suited to the younger person in Bedford and is particularly appropriate for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Unless they are particularly fit and active, seniors could find it too physically tough. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Bedford, got involved in the sport when they were younger. If you consider yourself amongst the less nimble, you could always try something like Tai Chi which is much softer.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts lovers founded some new schools which they called "kwans", practicing a blend of martial arts techniques. This later became known as Taekwondo and the primary focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially spinning/jumping kicks, head kicks and rapid kicking methods. Nowadays Bedford Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo now has more than 60 million students worldwide and has become extremely popular in Bedford and throughout the UK. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a bash, signing up for a local Bedford Taekwondo class or club is the best way to get involved. Whilst you might not aspire to Olympic competition, there isn't any reason why you can't become a master of this thrilling martial art and have some fun along the way.
People in Bedford learn Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence aspect that interests most. This is no great surprise when you consider the rising levels of violence seen in town and city centres these days. It is a key principle of Taekwondo that you can be confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercise self-restraint and respect others.
With luck, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you will never need to try out your newly perfected techniques to defend yourself.
Your First Lesson: If you have not tried Taekwondo before, you will be intrigued to know exactly what is likely to occur on your first lesson. This could vary depending on which Bedford school you attend, but will generally include the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocks, some work on patterns or forms, some ideas on sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch weary muscles.