Edinburgh Taekwondo: Mastering a new skill is always satisfying and the martial arts are a popular choice with people in Edinburgh at the moment. Trying something like Taekwondo helps you to enhance your self-respect, learn self-defence, strengthen your mind and body and boost your confidence. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since its development during the 1940's.
Many people in Edinburgh would assume that the fast punching, high kicking movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suitable for young kids. There's no doubt that the younger and fitter generation are more equipped to cope with the physical demands of this high energy sport, but this does not mean that people of all ages can't get involved. It does however help if you are relatively agile and fit to fully enjoy all the complexities of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts. The emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking methods, head kicks and jumping/spinning kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". These days Edinburgh Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
With over sixty million practitioners worldwide and quite a few in Edinburgh, Taekwondo has become really popular. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a bash, joining your local Edinburgh Taekwondo club or class is an easy way to get involved. There isn't any reason why you cannot become a master of this exhilarating martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
Though there is a great deal to be gained by mastering Taekwondo, it's the self-defence element that most Edinburgh people are interested in. You should not be surprised by this, when you take into account the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have booked your first lesson but have never done Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to prepare for. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Edinburgh follow a similar pattern, but there may be variations to the following. Fifteen to twenty minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a bit of technical training covering some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocking techniques, learning some forms (or Poomse), a few tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to round off a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.
If you wish to join a Taekwondo club in Edinburgh, you will also have to become a member of the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.