Beverley Taekwondo: If you're looking for ways to enhance your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body, learn self-defence and boost your confidence, 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.
If you asked people in Beverley what their thoughts were on Taekwondo, nearly all would say it's a pursuit for younger children. While the physical demands of Taekwondo may make it more suited to the younger generation, it can be practiced by people of all ages. It should however be said that if you're fairly fit you'll definately get more enjoyment out of Taekwondo.
The sport was developed in Korea in 1945, though it was not named Taekwondo until the 1950's. This blend of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some innovative new schools in Seoul called "kwans", founded by a group of Korean martial artists. The focus of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking movements, especially head kicks, jumping/turning kicks and rapid kicking methods. Today Beverley Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Beverley and with more than sixty million others around the globe. Ever since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a bash, signing up for your local Beverley Taekwondo class or club is a great way to get involved. There isn't any reason why you can't reach an advanced standard in this thrilling sport, even if you haven't any desire to take part in the Olympics.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it's the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Beverley consider most alluring. You should not be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. In actual fact one of the main benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
While its great to know they're there if you need them, hopefully you'll never be required to use your newly acquired Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club surroundings.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have booked your first lesson but have not tried Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to prepare for. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. A 15-20 minute warm up, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some blocks, hand attacks, kicks and stances, learning the first forms or patterns, a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to loosen up and stretch muscles.