Redditch Taekwondo: Mastering a new skill is always rewarding and the martial arts are very popular these days. Taking up something like Taekwondo enables you to enhance your self-respect, boost your confidence, strengthen your body and mind and learn a bit of self-defence. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Taekwondo is quite physically demanding, meaning it could be considered more suitable for the younger rather than the older generation in Redditch. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it particularly good for children. Seniors trying Taekwondo for the first time often find it too tough, unless they have kept themselves active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Redditch at a young age will find they can effortlessly carry it on into older adulthood. Something a bit less strenuous like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. Some innovative new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees, mixing a number of various martial arts techniques. The main focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking movements, especially head kicks, fast kicking styles and jumping/turning kicks. Now Redditch Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
With more than 60 million enthusiasts all over the world and quite a few in Redditch, Taekwondo has become extremely popular. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to anyone, and joining your local Redditch Taekwondo class or club is the easiest way to get yourself involved. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there's no reason why you cannot become a Taekwondo master.
People in Redditch learn Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence element that interests most. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it's no real surprise that this features prominently people's list of priorities. Being capable of defending yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you have never tried Taekwondo before, you may be curious to find out just what is likely to occur on your first class. This may vary depending on which Redditch school you attend, but will typically include the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase your heart rate and loosen your muscles, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some stances, kicks, hand attacks and blocks, an introduction to some forms, some tips on sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and last but not least a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,