Cardiff Taekwondo: If you're planning to take up a new activity that will help you to learn a bit of self-defence, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and build your confidence, you should consider Taekwondo as a possible candidate. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since it was developed during the 1940's.
The mere mention of Taekwondo, conjures up images of energetic young children doing punching and kicking exercises. While the physical demands of Taekwondo may make it more suited to the younger and fitter generation, it can also be practiced by people of every age group. However, so as to fully enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo, it helps to be fairly agile and fit.
The sport was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it wasn't given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. Some innovative new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers, incorporating a number of various martial arts techniques. The main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking movements, in particular head-height kicks, fast kicking methods and turning/jumping kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". These days Cardiff Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo students worldwide, now exceeds 60 million. Joining a local Taekwondo class or club in Cardiff is an easy way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There is no reason why you can't become a master of this exciting martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
It is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Cardiff. And when you consider the high levels of violence in town centres nowadays, this is not surprising. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with Taekwondo's self-defence principles.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. There might be variations to the following, subject to which Cardiff Taekwondo school you attend, but you can pretty much expect; A 15 to 20 minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen your muscles, a bit of technical training covering some hand attacks, blocking techniques, stances and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), some tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
The United Kingdom governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you want to sign up with a Taekwondo club in Cardiff, you will also be required to become a member of this organization.