Falkirk Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways that you can learn some self-defence moves, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect and boost your confidence, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Whilst not wanting to discourage any particular age group, it has to be said that Taekwondo is more suitable for younger people in Falkirk, being rather physically demanding. Its encouragement of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. It could prove too taxing for some older adults, but should not be an issue for those who are already active and fit. People in Falkirk who take up Taekwondo when they may be young find it easy to continue when they become older. Something a bit softer like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in around 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. This blend of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some schools in Seoul called "kwans", set up by a group of Korean martial artists. Taekwondo, which it later became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, in particular turning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles. These days Falkirk Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million enthusiasts worldwide and has become very popular in Falkirk and throughout the United Kingdom. Heading along to a local Falkirk Taekwondo club or class is an easy way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. There is no reason why you can't reach an advanced standard in this thrilling sport, even if you have no desire to compete in the Olympics.
While there is a lot to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the element of self-defence that most Falkirk people find appealing. This is not hard to believe when you take into account the high levels of violence experienced in town centres on a daily basis. Being capable of defending yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you've booked your first class but haven't attempted Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to prepare for. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, a little technical training comprising some stances, hand attacks, blocking techniques and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and finally a warm down to stretch weary muscles and loosen up.
If you wish to sign up to a Taekwondo club in Falkirk, you will also have to become a member of the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.