Preston Taekwondo: If you are planning to take up a new hobby that will help you to bolster your self-respect, learn to defend yourself better, strengthen your body and mind and build your confidence, you should give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible candidate. This more contemporary of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after WW2.
While not intending to be in any way ageist, Taekwondo can be rather physical and is generally more appropriate for younger people in Preston, it's particularly good for children who will become self-disciplined and respecting of others. Seniors who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too tough. For those folks who take up Taekwondo at a younger age, continuing the experience into adulthood shouldn't be a problem. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the martial art began life in Korea in 1945. Some schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts, combining a number of various martial arts techniques. The main focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, in particular spinning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking styles. Today Preston Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo has become extremely popular in Preston and all over the world, with over 60 million students worldwide. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, heading along to a Taekwondo club or class in Preston is an excellent place to start. There's no reason why you cannot become a master of this exhilarating martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Preston. This is no surprise when you consider the ever rising levels of violence seen in town and city centres nowadays. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time respecting others and exercising self-restraint is one of the primary principles of Taekwondo.
What to Expect From Your First Lesson: If you've decided to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first class, you will be wondering what will happen. The following will give you an illustration, but this could vary subject to which Preston school you go to. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen muscles, a bit of technical training such as learning some hand attacks, stances, blocks and kicks, a look at some Poomse (or forms), some tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down to stretch muscles and loosen up.
The UK governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you want to join a Taekwondo club in Preston, you'll also be required to register with this organization.