Hinckley Taekwondo: If you have been thinking about taking up a hobby to accomplish some particular goals such as to enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body, learn self-defence and boost your confidence, Taekwondo could be perfect for you. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
If you were to ask people in Hinckley what their thoughts were on Taekwondo, many would say it is a sport for young kids. The truth is though, that people of every age group are able to take part in this sport despite its considerable physical demands. Being relatively fit is however a requirement of Taekwondo.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the discipline began life in Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, incorporating a number of various martial arts techniques. Kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, spinning/jumping kicks and fast kicking methods are the primary focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known. These days Hinckley Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners worldwide and has become extremely popular in Hinckley and throughout the UK. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, heading along to a local Hinckley Taekwondo class or club is a good starting point. Whilst noone would expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Hinckley.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Hinckley. This is not a surprise when you take into account the ever rising levels of violence seen in city centres these days. Learning to properly defend yourself while respecting others and exercising self-restraint is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first lesson, you'll be curious about what will happen. The following will give you an example, but this could vary depending on which Hinckley school you have signed up for. Fifteen to twenty minutes of warm up exercises to loosen stiff muscles and increate your heart rate, some technical training including learning some stances, kicks, hand attacks and blocking techniques, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and to finish off a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and anybody wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Hinckley must also register with British Taekwondo.