Darlington Taekwondo: If you've been thinking of taking up a hobby to achieve some specific goals such as to enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind, learn some self-defence moves and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be a good choice for you. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after the Second World War.
Images of young children doing energetic kicks and rapid punching manoeuvres, are what spring to mind at the mere mention of Taekwondo. The fact is though, that people of all ages are able to take part in this sport despite its considerable physical demands. You will however get a lot more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are relatively agile.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not coined until the 1950's. This blend of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some new schools in Seoul called "kwans", established by a group of Korean martial artists. The focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, in particular turning/jumping kicks, rapid kicking styles and head kicks. Now Darlington Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Darlington and with over sixty million others across the world. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, heading along to a local Darlington Taekwondo class or club is a good place to start. Whilst noone would seriously expect you to get to Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Darlington.
It is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Darlington. And if you consider the high levels of violence in town centres nowadays, this is hardly surprising. Learning to defend yourself while applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key principle of Taekwondo.
With any luck you'll never be required to use your newly discovered Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, however it's good to know it is there if you need it.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you have decided to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you'll be curious about what will happen. This may vary subject to which Darlington school you go to, but will generally include the following. A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, a little technical training covering some stances, kicks, hand attacks and blocking techniques, learning some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,