Loughborough Taekwondo: If you would like to strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem, build your confidence and learn self-defence, 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.
When many people in Loughborough think of Taekwondo, they imagine young kids doing energetic punching and kicking manoeuvres. Keeping up with the physical demands of the sport might be easier for the younger and fitter generation, but this doesn't mean that people of all ages can participate in, and enjoy the many benefits of this activity. Being relatively fit and agile is however a requirement of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo came from Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees. The main focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking methods, jumping/turning kicks and head-height kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Loughborough Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Loughborough and with over sixty million others all over the world. Joining a local Taekwondo class or club in Loughborough is a great way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst nobody would expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Loughborough.
It would seem that the most interesting element of Taekwondo is self-defence. You should not be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's city centres. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with Taekwondo's self-defence principles.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you have booked your first lesson but have not tried Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to prepare for. The following will give you an example, but this will vary subject to which Loughborough school you attend. A warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, a bit of technical training covering some blocks, hand attacks, kicks and stances, learning your first patterns or forms, a few tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and relax.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and anybody wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Loughborough must also register with British Taekwondo.