Middlesbrough Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways to build your confidence, learn some valuable self-defence techniques, enhance your self-respect and strengthen your body and mind, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Many people in Middlesbrough would assume that the high kicking, fast punching movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suited to younger children. Keeping up with the physical demands of the sport may be easier for the younger generation, but this does not mean that people of every age group can participate in, and enjoy the many benefits of this activity. However, so as to fully enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo, it helps to be fairly agile.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. This combination of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some new schools in Seoul called "kwans", set up by a group of Korean martial artists. This later became known as Taekwondo and the primary emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, in particular head kicks, rapid kicking styles and jumping/turning kicks. Now Middlesbrough Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners worldwide and has become extremely popular in Middlesbrough and throughout the United Kingdom. Ever since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to have a go, heading along to a local Middlesbrough Taekwondo club or class is a great way to get involved. There is no reason why you can't become a master of this thrilling martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
For many people in Middlesbrough, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that is the most appealing. This is not surprising when you consider the rising levels of violence seen in city centres nowadays. Learning to properly defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
Hopefully, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you won't ever need to apply your newly acquired skills to defend yourself.
Your First Middlesbrough Taekwondo Class: If you have booked your first lesson but have not attempted Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to prepare for. This could vary depending on which Middlesbrough school you attend, but will typically involve the following. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training covering some stances, hand attacks, kicks and blocking techniques, an introduction to forms or patterns, some tips on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent cramping and spasms.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organization is mandatory if you would like to join any Taekwondo club in Middlesbrough or nearby.