Leicester Taekwondo: If you have been looking around Leicester for some ideas for a new hobby, you might want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this sport will enable you to boost your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and learn self-defence. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after the Second World War.
Many people in Leicester would imagine that the fast punching, high kicking movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suited to young children. While the younger and fitter generation may find it easier to contend with the physical demands of Taekwondo, people of every age group can practice the sport. It should however be said that if you're relatively agile you will definately get more enjoyment out of Taekwondo.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the martial art began life in Korea in 1945. Some exciting new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees, blending a number of various martial arts techniques. Kicking movements, especially turning/jumping kicks, head kicks and fast kicking styles are the main emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known. Now Leicester Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Leicester and with over sixty million others across the world. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, signing up for a Taekwondo class or club in Leicester is a great place to start. There isn't any reason why you cannot become a master of this fascinating martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
It appears that the most appealing aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. And if you consider the increased levels of violence in city centres these days, this is not surprising. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can be confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercise self-restraint and respect others.
Your First Leicester Taekwondo Lesson: If you've booked your first lesson but have never attempted Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to prepare for. There might be variations to the following, depending on which Leicester Taekwondo school you attend, but you can roughly expect; A 15 to 20 minute warm up to loosen muscles and increase heart rate, a bit of technical training covering some kicks, hand attacks, stances and blocks, learning your first forms or patterns, some ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing.