Gillingham Taekwondo: If you're looking for ways to strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect, learn some self-defence techniques and boost your confidence, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this more modern martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
Whilst not wanting to deter any particular age group, it should be said that Taekwondo is more suitable for younger people in Gillingham, being fairly physically demanding. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. It can sometimes be too challenging for seniors except if they are exceptionally active and fit. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Gillingham, started when they were younger. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
The sport was developed in Korea in 1945, though it was not named Taekwondo until the 1950's. Some schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees, blending a number of various martial arts techniques. Kicking manoeuvres, especially head kicks, jumping/spinning kicks and rapid kicking styles are the main focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known. Today Gillingham Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Gillingham and with more than sixty million others around the globe. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, heading along to a Taekwondo club or class in Gillingham is a good place to start. Whilst you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there isn't any reason why you can't be a master of this exciting martial art and have an amazing time in the process.
The thing about Taekwondo that appears to most interest people in Gillingham is the self-defence aspect of it. And its not a surprise that this sits prominently on people's list of priorities when you take into account the ever rising levels of violence seen these days in city centres throughout Britain. In actual fact one of the main principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst respecting others and exercising a degree of self-restraint.
Your First Gillingham Taekwondo Class: If you have booked your first lesson but haven't tried Taekwondo before, you may be wondering what to prepare for. This could vary depending on which Gillingham school you attend, but will normally include 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 blocking techniques, kicks, stances and hand attacks, learning some forms (or Poomse), some tips on sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and last but not least a warm down to relax and stretch weary muscles.