Nuneaton Taekwondo: If you have been looking at taking up a hobby to achieve some specific goals such as to strengthen your mind and body, learn some self-defence techniques, bolster your self-esteem and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be ideal for you. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since it was developed during the nineteen forties.
Due to its somewhat more physical elements, Taekwondo is possibly more suited to the younger person in Nuneaton and is especially appropriate for children as it's brilliant for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults might find it somewhat too challenging unless they are particularly fit and active. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Nuneaton, started when they were younger. Something a bit less strenuous like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
The discipline was developed in Korea in 1945, though it wasn't given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. Some exciting new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts fanatics, merging a number of various martial arts techniques. The main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, in particular head-height kicks, turning/jumping kicks and rapid kicking styles, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, roughly meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Nuneaton Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Nuneaton and with more than 60 million others across the world. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to everyone, and joining a local Nuneaton Taekwondo club or class is the most effective way to get yourself involved. Whilst noone would expect you to reach Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Nuneaton.
People in Nuneaton learn Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence aspect that interests most. This is no great surprise when you take into account the ever rising levels of violence seen in city and town centres nowadays. Learning to defend yourself whilst applying self-restraint and a respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first lesson, you will be wondering what will happen. This may vary from class to class but will typically entail some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some stances, hand attacks, kicks and blocks, an introduction to some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch weary muscles.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organization is mandatory if you want to sign up with any Taekwondo club in Nuneaton or nearby.