Horley Taekwondo: If you'd like to strengthen your mind and body, build your confidence, learn a bit of self-defence and enhance your self-esteem, an ideal sport to take up is Taekwondo. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Whilst people of all ages in Horley can obviously participate in Taekwondo, it is particularly suited to the younger generation as it can be quite physically demanding, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Older adults trying Taekwondo for the first time often find it too tough, unless they have continually kept themselves active. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Horley, started their adventure when they were younger. The less agile of you might consider something less strenuous like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo was only developed quite recently in Korea (1945). In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts fanatics set up some schools which they called "kwans", practicing a combination of martial arts techniques. The focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking movements, in particular turning/jumping kicks, head kicks and rapid kicking methods. Nowadays Horley Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Horley and with more than sixty million others globally. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, signing up for a local Horley Taekwondo class or club is an excellent starting point. Whilst noone would seriously expect you to get to Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Horley.
For many people in Horley, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that is the most appealing. This is not a surprise when you take into account the ever rising levels of violence seen in town centres these days. However, exercising a good helping of self-restraint and having respect for others goes hand in hand with Taekwondo's self-defence principles.
Your First Horley Taekwondo Lesson: If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. There could be variations to the following, depending on which Horley Taekwondo school you attend, but you can roughly expect; A warm up of 15-20 minutes to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a little technical training which will involve learning some kicks, blocking techniques, stances and hand attacks, an introduction to forms or patterns, a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and finally a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent cramping and spasms.