Chesterfield Taekwondo: If you have been thinking about taking up a hobby to achieve some particular goals such as to build your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, learn some self-defence techniques and strengthen your mind and body, Taekwondo could be ideal for you. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
Due to its somewhat more physical aspects, Taekwondo is possibly more suited to the younger generation in Chesterfield and is particularly appropriate for children as it's great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. It could prove too challenging for some seniors, but shouldn't be a problem for those who are already active and fit. However people in Chesterfield who take up Taekwondo at an early age, will find that continuing into older adulthood is not a problem. Something a bit softer like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts devotees in Seoul founded some schools called "kwans", where they practiced a blend of martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the focus is on kicking, especially head kicks, jumping/turning kicks and rapid kicking methods. These days Chesterfield Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo now has more than 60 million enthusiasts worldwide and has become very popular in Chesterfield and throughout the UK. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, joining your local Chesterfield Taekwondo club or class is an excellent starting point. There isn't any reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this exhilarating sport, even if you haven't any desire to take part in the Olympics.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most interest people in Chesterfield is the self-defence element of it. And its no real surprise that this sits prominently on people's list of priorities when you consider the ever increasing amounts of violence seen these days in town and city centres throughout Britain. Being able to defend yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by exercising self-restraint and respecting others.
Your First Class: If you've booked your first lesson but have not tried Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to expect. There may be variations to the following, depending on which Chesterfield Taekwondo school you go to, but you can pretty much expect; A 15 to 20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen the muscles, some technical training covering some stances, blocking techniques, hand attacks and kicks, a look at some forms, some ideas on sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and to finish off a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent spasms and cramping.