Crewe Taekwondo: If you're looking for ways that you can learn self-defence, boost your confidence, enhance your self-respect and strengthen your body and mind, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this more contemporary martial art has grown in popularity.
While in no way intending to be ageist, Taekwondo can be rather physical and is generally more suited to younger people in Crewe, it's especially good for children who will become self-disciplined and respecting of others. Older adults could find it a bit too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. People in Crewe who take up Taekwondo when they may be young find it easy to continue when they get older. If you are less nimble you could always try something a bit softer such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. This mix of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some schools in Seoul called "kwans", founded by a group of Korean martial artists. Kicking movements, especially rapid kicking methods, jumping/spinning kicks and head-height kicks are the main emphasis of Taekwondo, as it later became known. Now Crewe Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo students worldwide, now exceeds sixty million. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, heading along to a local Crewe Taekwondo class or club is an excellent starting point. There isn't any reason why you can't reach a high standard in this thrilling sport, even if you have no desire to compete in the Olympics.
People in Crewe take up Taekwondo for numerous reasons but it is the self-defence element that appeals to most. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. Being capable of defending yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Hopefully, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you won't ever need to apply your newly acquired skills to defend yourself.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you've decided to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first class, you will be curious as to what will happen. This may vary depending on which Crewe school you go to, but will usually involve the following. A warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, a bit of technical training including learning some kicks, hand attacks, stances and blocks, a look at forms or patterns, some ideas on sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and last but not least a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent cramping and spasms.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom, and membership of this organization is compulsory if you would like to join any Taekwondo club in Crewe or nearby.