Poole Taekwondo: Mastering a new skill is always gratifying and the martial arts are a popular choice at the moment. Trying something like Taekwondo enables you to learn some useful self-defence techniques, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem and boost your confidence. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this more modern martial art has grown in popularity.
Images of young children doing rapid punches and energetic kicking manoeuvres, are what come to mind at the mere mention of Taekwondo. While the physical demands of Taekwondo perhaps make it more suited to the younger and fitter generation, it can be practiced by people of all ages. Being fairly fit and agile does however help you to enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo.
The discipline was developed in Korea in 1945, though it was not given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. Some exciting new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers. Kicking movements, in particular spinning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and fast kicking styles are the main emphasis of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known. Now Poole Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Poole and with over sixty million others around the world. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to anyone, and heading along to a local Poole Taekwondo club or class is the easiest way to get yourself involved. There's no reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this exhilarating sport, even if you've got no desire to take part in the Olympics.
Though there's much to be gained by doing Taekwondo, it's the self-defence element that most Poole people find appealing. And in these times of increased violence, particularly in town and city centres, it is not a surprise that this sits high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercise self-restraint and respect others.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before you will likely be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first lesson. The following will give you an idea, but this could vary from school to school. A warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, some technical training comprising some stances, blocking techniques, kicks and hand attacks, an introduction to forms or patterns, a look at sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and last but not least a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up to prevent cramping and spasms.