Hove Taekwondo: If you have been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some particular goals such as to strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-respect, boost your confidence and learn some useful self-defence techniques, Taekwondo could be a good choice for you. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, meaning it might be considered more suitable for the younger rather than the older generation in Hove. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it particularly good for children. Older adults trying Taekwondo for the very first time often find it too challenging, unless they've continually kept themselves active. Carrying their Taekwondo adventure through into older adulthood should not however be a problem for those who start when they are younger. The less nimble of you might find that Tai Chi which is a bit less strenuous, is more to your liking.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the martial art started life in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics. The focus of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, jumping/spinning kicks and fast kicking styles. Nowadays Hove Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
With more than sixty million students around the world and a fair few in Hove, Taekwondo has become very popular. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a try, heading along to a local Hove Taekwondo class or club is a great way to get involved. Whilst the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are quite slim, there is no reason at all why you can't master this thrilling martial art.
Whilst there's a lot to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it is the element of self-defence that most Hove people find appealing. And if you consider the increased levels of violence in city and town centres nowadays, this is hardly surprising. 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 Taekwondo Lesson: If you have not attempted Taekwondo before, you will be intrigued to find out exactly what is likely to happen on your first class. The following will give you a pretty good idea, but this may vary from school to school. A 15 to 20 minute warm up to loosen your muscles and increase heart rate, some technical training comprising some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocking techniques, a look at patterns or forms, a few ideas on sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and last but not least a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom, and membership of this organization is mandatory if you wish to join any Taekwondo club in Hove or nearby.