Cowes Taekwondo: If you're looking for ways that you can strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem, learn a bit of self-defence and boost your confidence, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This more modern of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after World War 2.
Images of young children doing rapid punches and energetic kicking manoeuvres, are what spring to mind at the mere mention of Taekwondo. Whilst the physical demands of Taekwondo perhaps make it more suitable for the younger and fitter generation, it can also be practiced by people of every age. It does however help if you are relatively fit and agile to fully enjoy all the complexities of Taekwondo.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not coined until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts devotees in Seoul founded some schools called "kwans", where they practiced a mixture of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking movements, in particular head-height kicks, turning/jumping kicks and rapid kicking methods. Nowadays Cowes Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
With over 60 million students all over the world and quite a few in Cowes, Taekwondo has become very popular. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to everybody, and heading along to your local Cowes Taekwondo club or class is the easiest way to get yourself involved. While nobody would expect you to reach Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Cowes.
Although there's a great deal to be gained by practicing Taekwondo, it is the aspect of self-defence that most Cowes people are interested in. This is no surprise when you consider the ever rising levels of violence seen in city and town centres these days. Being capable of defending yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by exercising self-restraint and respecting others.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you've made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first lesson, you will be curious about what will happen. The following will give you an overview, but this may vary from school to school. An initial warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, some technical training which will involve learning some stances, blocking techniques, kicks and hand attacks, learning the basic forms or patterns, a few tips on sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and to finish off a warm down to stretch muscles and loosen up.