Dunstable Taekwondo: If you've been looking at taking up a hobby to achieve some particular goals such as to build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-esteem and learn to defend yourself, Taekwondo could be just the sport for you. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Taekwondo is quite physically demanding, therefore it might be considered more suitable for the younger rather than the older generation in Dunstable. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially good for children. It could prove too challenging for some seniors, but shouldn't be an issue for those who are already fit and active. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Dunstable, got involved in the sport when they were younger. If you consider yourself amongst the less nimble, you could always try something like Tai Chi which is much softer.
The sport was developed in Korea in 1945, though it was not given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques. This later became known as Taekwondo and the main focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, especially jumping/turning kicks, fast kicking styles and head-height kicks. Today Dunstable Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Popular across the world Taekwondo now has more than sixty million students. Heading along to your local Taekwondo club or class in Dunstable is the best way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there's no reason why you cannot become a Taekwondo master.
It appears that the most alluring element of Taekwondo is self-defence. And its no surprise that this sits prominently on people's list of priorities when you take into account the ever rising levels of violence seen nowadays in city and town centres throughout the UK. Learning to defend yourself whilst applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
While it is good to practice and master these self-defence techniques in the protected environment of your local Dunstable Taekwondo club, with luck you will not ever have the need to use them in the outside world.
Your First Class: If you have not attempted Taekwondo before you will likely be a little apprehensive as to what you should expect on your first class. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Dunstable follow a similar pattern, but there might be some variation to the following. An initial warm up lasting 15 to 20 minutes, a little technical training covering some blocks, stances, hand attacks and kicks, learning some Poomse (or forms), some tips on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
The United Kingdom governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you want to join a Taekwondo club in Dunstable, you will also be required to register with this respected organization.