Blyth Taekwondo: If you've been looking around Blyth for some ideas for a new hobby, you might like to consider Taekwondo as a candidate. Practising this skill will enable you to strengthen your body and mind, build your confidence, enhance your self-respect and learn some useful self-defence techniques. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Taekwondo is a perfect sport for children in Blyth, because it encourages self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical aspects make it more suited to younger people. Seniors trying Taekwondo for the first time often find it too tough, unless they've consistently kept themselves active. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Blyth, started when they were younger. The less agile of you might like to consider something less demanding like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers, merging a number of various martial arts techniques. Kicking manoeuvres, in particular head-height kicks, rapid kicking styles and turning/jumping kicks are the primary focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known. Today Blyth Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
With over sixty million practitioners worldwide and quite a few in Blyth, Taekwondo has become really popular. Heading along to your local Taekwondo club or class in Blyth is a great way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there isn't any reason why you cannot still become a Taekwondo master.
It is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that generally has the most appeal to people in Blyth. And in these days of ever increasing violence, especially in town centres, it's not a surprise that this sits on top of people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can be confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time respect others and exercise self-restraint.
While its great to know they're there if you need them, with a bit of luck you'll never be required to use your newly acquired Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club environment.
Your First Blyth Taekwondo Lesson: For those of you who have never attempted Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be interested to know just what to expect from your first lesson. There could be variations to the following, subject to which Blyth Taekwondo school you go to, but you can pretty much expect; A warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a little technical training covering some blocks, stances, hand attacks and kicks, learning the first forms or patterns, some ideas on sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up to prevent cramping and spasms.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom, and membership of this organization is mandatory if you want to sign up with any Taekwondo club in Blyth or nearby.