Middlesbrough Taekwondo (TS1): If you would like to boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem and learn a bit of self-defence, an ideal sport to take up is Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Middlesbrough from taking this up. To be fair, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical health can easily take part and get benefits from this activity.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts, mixing a number of various martial arts techniques. The focus of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, jumping/turning kicks and rapid kicking strategies. These days Middlesbrough Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo practitioners worldwide, now exceeds 60 million. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a go, joining a local Middlesbrough Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved. There is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art, even if you do not aspire to Olympic competition.
In these times of increasing violence, it is hardly surprising that people in places like Middlesbrough are taking up self-defence classes like Taekwondo to help them feel safer in their local environment. The self-defence aspect is one of the key factors of Taekwondo but it also teaches self-restraint and a respect for other people, which are disciplines that are largely missing in modern day life.
Your First Lesson: If you've booked your first lesson but have not attempted Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to prepare for. The following will give you an example, but this could vary depending on which Middlesbrough school you go to. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, a bit of technical training comprising some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocks, learning the first forms or patterns, a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down to stretch weary muscles and loosen up.
Everyone who is a member of a Taekwondo club in Middlesbrough or any place else in the UK, is also required to join British Taekwondo, which is the governing body of the sport.
Taekwondo for Beginners: It doesn't matter who you are or what you're capable of in Taekwondo, at one stage you were a total novice, knowing nothing and fearing failure. We have all started at that point and can only learn and improve with practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in Middlesbrough are the place to start that learning process and to pick up the basics so that you can gain confidence and move forward in your Taekwondo adventure. Most beginner classes are set up to be fun and friendly, offering a slow introduction to the basic Taekwondo principles and building a solid foundation for the future.
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