Dundee Taekwondo: If you've been looking around Dundee for some ideas for a new hobby, you might want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will help you to build your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-respect and learn to defend yourself. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
While people of any age in Dundee can obviously participate in Taekwondo, it is particularly suited to the younger generation since it can be rather physically demanding, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Older adults who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too challenging. However people in Dundee who take up Taekwondo at a young age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood is not a problem. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). Some new schools called "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts. In Taekwondo the focus is on kicking, in particular jumping/spinning kicks, head kicks and rapid kicking styles. These days Dundee Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
Taekwondo has become extremely popular in Dundee and around the globe, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining your local Taekwondo class or club in Dundee is a great way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There's no reason why you can't become a master of this fascinating martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
Of all the many benefits of learning this sport, it's the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Dundee consider most appealing. And if you consider the high levels of violence in town and city centres nowadays, this is hardly surprising. However, exercising self-restraint and a respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. There could be variations to the following, subject to which Dundee Taekwondo school you attend, but you can pretty much expect; A fifteen to twenty minute warm up, some technical training covering some blocks, kicks, hand attacks and stances, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom, and membership of this organization is mandatory if you want to sign up with any Taekwondo club in Dundee or nearby.