Preston Taekwondo (PR1): A Korean martial art that was developed during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you would like to learn a bit of self-defence, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind and build your confidence, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
Taekwondo is a perfect sport for children in Preston, because it encourages self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical aspects make it more appropriate for younger people. It can often be too challenging for seniors except if they are exceptionally active and fit. However people that take up Taekwondo in Preston at a young age will find they can comfortably carry it on into older adulthood. Tai Chi or something similarly less strenuous might be more suited to the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo is a martial art that mainly consists of kicking manoeuvres, in particular head kicks, turning/jumping kicks and rapid kicking strategies. It began in Seoul, in southern Korea during the 1940's, when a group of martial arts specialists founded schools called "kwans", which blended various martial arts techniques.
The total number of Taekwondo practitioners worldwide, now exceeds 60 million. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a go, joining a local Preston Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Preston consider most alluring. You should not be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's city and town centres. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Preston Taekwondo Class: For those of you who have never done Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be interested to know what to expect from your first class. The following will give you an idea, but this may vary from school to school. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to loosen muscles and increase heart rate, some technical training covering some blocking techniques, stances, kicks and hand attacks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing.
Beginners Taekwondo Preston: Students starting out on their Taekwondo adventure in Preston will at first sign up for a beginners class. Beginners classes are great, because there is no pressure and everything is done at a slow, relaxed pace. Learning and having fun are the main aims in the beginning and students who are having fun tend to learn much faster and absorb more of what they are being taught. Even Taekwondo masters started out as clueless novices, so take that first step and who knows where you will end up!
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