Cheltenham Taekwondo: If you have been looking around Cheltenham for some ideas for a new hobby, you might want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this sport will help you to boost your confidence, bolster your self-respect, learn some self-defence techniques and strengthen your body and mind. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Due to its more physical elements, Taekwondo is possibly more suited to the younger generation in Cheltenham and is particularly appropriate for children as it is brilliant for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Seniors trying Taekwondo for the very first time often find it too challenging, unless they have continually kept themselves active. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Cheltenham, got involved in the sport when they were younger. Tai Chi or something similarly softer might be more suited to 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. Some new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly entails kicking manoeuvres, in particular head-height kicks, rapid kicking styles and spinning/jumping kicks. Nowadays Cheltenham Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
The number of Taekwondo enthusiasts globally, now exceeds 60 million. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, signing up for your local Cheltenham Taekwondo class or club is an excellent starting point. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there isn't any reason why you cannot be a master of this fascinating martial art and have an amazing time in the process.
Folks in Cheltenham take up Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence aspect that interests most. And when you consider the high levels of violence in town and city centres these days, this is not surprising. However, exercising a good helping of self-restraint and having respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Hopefully, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you won't ever need to apply your newly learned techniques to defend yourself.
Your First Lesson: If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you'll be wondering what to expect. The following will give you a pretty good idea, but this could vary from school to school. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to loosen the muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training comprising some blocking techniques, hand attacks, kicks and stances, an introduction to some forms, a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and anybody wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Cheltenham must also register with British Taekwondo.