Colchester Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are a popular choice nowadays. Trying a sport like Taekwondo enables you to boost your confidence, enhance your self-respect, learn some self-defence moves and strengthen your mind and body. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Images of young children doing rapid punches and energetic kicking manoeuvres, are what come to mind at the mere mention of Taekwondo. The fact is though, that people of any age are able to take part in this sport despite its considerable physical demands. You will however get much more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are relatively fit.
Taekwondo came from Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts founded some new schools which they called "kwans", practicing a combination of martial arts techniques. This later became known as Taekwondo and the primary focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially head kicks, fast kicking styles and jumping/turning kicks. These days Colchester Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
With over 60 million practitioners around the globe and quite a few in Colchester, Taekwondo has become very popular. Heading along to your local Taekwondo club or class in Colchester is an easy way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There is no reason why you cannot reach an advanced standard in this thrilling sport, even if you haven't any desire to compete in the Olympics.
For many people in Colchester, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that is the most appealing. You should not be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. Learning to defend yourself while applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key principle of Taekwondo.
With a bit of luck, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you won't ever need to try out your newly learned skills to defend yourself.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you have not tried Taekwondo before you might be a little concerned as to what you should expect on your first lesson. The following will give you an illustration, but this could vary subject to which Colchester school you go to. A warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, some technical training comprising some stances, kicks, blocking techniques and hand attacks, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a few ideas on sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and finally a warm down to relax and stretch weary muscles.