Grimsby Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always satisfying and the martial arts are very popular with people in Grimsby at the moment. Trying a sport like Taekwondo enables you to strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-respect, learn some useful self-defence techniques and boost your confidence. Since its beginnings in Korea during the 1940's, this more contemporary martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
Whilst people of any age in Grimsby can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is particularly suited to the younger generation since it can be rather demanding physically, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. It could prove too taxing for some older adults, but shouldn't be a problem for those who are already active and fit. Continuing their Taekwondo adventure through into older adulthood should not however be a problem for those who begin when they're younger. The less nimble of you might find that Tai Chi which is a bit softer, is more to your liking.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some exciting new schools known as "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the main focus is on kicking, in particular jumping/spinning kicks, rapid kicking methods and head kicks. Nowadays Grimsby Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Popular around the globe Taekwondo now has more than 60 million enthusiasts. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, signing up for your local Grimsby Taekwondo club or class is a good starting point. While noone would seriously expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Grimsby.
People in Grimsby take up Taekwondo for many purposes but it is the self-defence aspect that interests most. This isn't hard to believe when you take into account the elevated levels of violence experienced in town and city centres on a daily basis. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the key principles of Taekwondo.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have booked your first class but have never attempted Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to prepare for. The following will give you a pretty good idea, but this could vary from school to school. A 15-20 minute warm up, a little technical training such as learning some blocks, kicks, stances and hand attacks, a look at some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and finally a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.