Plymouth Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always satisfying and the martial arts are very popular with people in Plymouth at the moment. Trying a sport like Taekwondo enables you to learn some self-defence moves, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect and boost your confidence. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this more contemporary martial art has grown in popularity.
Images of young children doing energetic kicks and rapid punching manoeuvres, are what come to mind at the mere mention of Taekwondo. While the younger and fitter generation may find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to contend with, there is nothing at all to stop people of any age taking part. However, so as to fully enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo, it helps to be relatively agile.
Taekwondo originated in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts lovers established some schools which they named "kwans", practicing a mixture of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of the discipline was on kicking movements, in particular fast kicking methods, head-height kicks and jumping/turning kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Now Plymouth Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
With over 60 million students globally and a fair few in Plymouth, Taekwondo has become really popular. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a bash, signing up for your local Plymouth Taekwondo class or club is a good way to get involved. While reaching Olympic standard may be beyond you, there is no reason why you cannot become a Taekwondo master.
Of all the many benefits of doing this sport, it's the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Plymouth find most appealing. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is tempered by exercising self-restraint and respecting others.
Your First Lesson: If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you will be wondering what will happen. There may be variations to the following, subject to which Plymouth Taekwondo school you go to, but you can more or less expect; A 15-20 minute warm up, some technical training comprising some hand attacks, kicks, blocking techniques and stances, an introduction to some forms, a few ideas on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,