Blackpool Taekwondo: If you'd like to learn self-defence, bolster your self-respect, strengthen your body and mind and boost your confidence, an ideal activity to take up is Taekwondo. This more contemporary of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after WW2.
Whilst not wanting to discourage any particular age group, it has to be said that Taekwondo is more suited to younger people in Blackpool, being rather physically demanding. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. It can sometimes be too challenging for seniors unless they are exceptionally fit and active. However those that take up Taekwondo in Blackpool when they are younger will find they can comfortably carry it on into older adulthood. If you are less agile you could always try something a bit less strenuous such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the martial art began life in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some innovative new schools called "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking movements, especially head-height kicks, rapid kicking styles and spinning/jumping kicks. Today Blackpool Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Popular throughout the world Taekwondo now has over 60 million students. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to everybody, and heading along to your local Blackpool Taekwondo club or class is the easiest way to get yourself involved. There is no reason why you cannot reach an advanced standard in this exciting sport, even if you have no desire to compete in the Olympics.
Folks in Blackpool take up Taekwondo for numerous purposes but it is the self-defence element that interests most. And if you consider the high levels of violence in town and city centres nowadays, this is not surprising. Learning to defend yourself while applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you have booked your first lesson but have never tried Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to prepare for. There might be variations to the following, depending on which Blackpool Taekwondo school you go to, but you can more or less expect; A warm up of 15-20 minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce any stiffness in your muscles, a bit of technical training covering some kicks, stances, blocking techniques and hand attacks, some work on patterns or forms, a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and last but not least a warm down to relax and stretch weary muscles.