Mansfield Taekwondo: If you'd like to learn some self-defence moves, strengthen your mind and body, bolster your self-esteem and build your confidence, an ideal sport to take up is Taekwondo. This more modern martial art has rapidly become popular since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
If you were to ask people in Mansfield what their thoughts were on Taekwondo, many would say it is an activity for young kids. While the younger generation might find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to cope with, there's nothing to stop people of every age taking part. It does however help if you are fairly agile to fully enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
The sport was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it was not named Taekwondo until the 1950's. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts lovers set up some exciting new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a mix of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, rapid kicking styles and jumping/spinning kicks. Now Mansfield Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Popular around the world Taekwondo now has more than sixty million practitioners. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, joining a local Mansfield Taekwondo class or club is a great starting point. There is no reason why you can't reach an advanced standard in this exhilarating sport, even if you don't have any desire to compete in the Olympics.
It appears that the most alluring element of Taekwondo is self-defence. This is not difficult to believe when you take into account the elevated levels of violence witnessed in town and city centres on a daily basis. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with Taekwondo's self-defence principles.
While it is great to practice and master these self-defence skills in the controlled environment of your local Mansfield Taekwondo club, with luck you will never have the need to use them in the world outside.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you haven't tried Taekwondo before you might be a bit concerned as to what to expect on your first class. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Mansfield follow a similar routine, but there may be some variation to the following. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to increase your heart rate and loosen your muscles, some technical training comprising some hand attacks, stances, blocking techniques and kicks, a look at patterns or forms, a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and last but not least a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing.
Everybody who is a member of a Taekwondo club in Mansfield or anywhere else in the United Kingdom, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.