Carlisle Taekwondo: If you have been looking around Carlisle for some ideas for a new hobby, you might like to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will help you to bolster your self-esteem, boost your confidence, learn a bit of self-defence and strengthen your mind and body. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Due to its rather more physical elements, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Carlisle and is particularly appropriate for children as it's great for nurturing self-discipline and respect for others. It can often be too challenging for seniors except if they are exceptionally active and fit. For those folks who take up Taekwondo when they are younger, continuing the experience into older adulthood should not be an issue. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
The discipline was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it wasn't given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts lovers founded some exciting new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a combination of martial arts techniques. The main focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, especially head kicks, jumping/spinning kicks and rapid kicking methods, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Carlisle Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Popular all over the world Taekwondo now has more than sixty million students. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, heading along to a Taekwondo class or club in Carlisle is a good place to start. Whilst the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are rather slim, there's no reason at all why you can't master this thrilling martial art.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally has the most appeal to people in Carlisle. And its not surprising that this is high on people's list of priorities when you take into account the ever increasing amounts of violence seen nowadays in town centres throughout the United Kingdom. In fact one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising a degree of self-restraint and having respect for others.
Your First Lesson: If you have never tried Taekwondo before you might be a bit anxious as to what you should expect on your first class. The following will give you an example, but this could vary subject to which Carlisle school you have signed up for. A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, blocking techniques, kicks and hand attacks, some work on patterns or forms, a few tips on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and any individual wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Carlisle must also become a member of British Taekwondo.