Bradford Taekwondo: If you are planning to take up a new activity that will enable you to bolster your self-respect, learn to defend yourself, strengthen your mind and body and boost your confidence, you might give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible option. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
While in no way intending to be ageist, Taekwondo can be rather physical and is generally more appropriate for younger people in Bradford, it is particularly good for children who will become self-disciplined and respecting of others. It could prove too taxing for some seniors, but should not be a problem for those who are already active and fit. For those folks who take up Taekwondo at a younger age, continuing the adventure into adulthood should not be a problem. Something a bit less strenuous like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the martial art started life in Korea in 1945. Some schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers, mixing a number of various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mainly entails kicking manoeuvres, in particular fast kicking methods, head kicks and turning/jumping kicks. Today Bradford Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Bradford and with over 60 million others all over the world. Heading along to a local Bradford Taekwondo class or club is the best way to get involved in this sport which has even been in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. There isn't any reason why you can't become a master of this exhilarating martial art, even if you do not aspire to Olympic competition.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Bradford consider most appealing. This is no real surprise when you consider the ever rising levels of violence seen in town and city centres nowadays. However, exercising a good helping of self-restraint and having respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Class: If you have booked your first class but have never done Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to expect. This may vary subject to which Bradford school you attend, but will typically involve the following. An initial warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a bit of technical training covering some stances, hand attacks, kicks and blocking techniques, learning the first patterns or forms, some tips on sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to loosen up and stretch weary muscles.