Rochdale Taekwondo: If you've been thinking of taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to bolster your self-esteem, learn to defend yourself better, strengthen your body and mind and boost your confidence, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. This more modern of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after the Second World War.
While not wanting to discourage any specific age group, it has to be said that Taekwondo is more suitable for younger people in Rochdale, being fairly physically demanding. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. It could prove too taxing for some older adults, but shouldn't be an issue for those who are already active and fit. However those in Rochdale who take up Taekwondo at an early age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood isn't difficult. The less agile of you might consider something less strenuous like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. Some schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers, mixing a number of various martial arts techniques. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking movements, in particular rapid kicking methods, spinning/jumping kicks and head-height kicks. Now Rochdale Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo has become really popular in Rochdale and around the globe, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Taekwondo class or club in Rochdale is an easy way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. While the likelihood of you reaching Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you can't master this exciting martial art.
For many people in Rochdale, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that is the most interesting. And in these days of increasing violence, particularly in town centres, it's no real surprise that this sits at the top of people's list of priorities. Being able to defend yourself is a key factor of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by respecting others and exercising self-restraint.
While its good to know they are there if you need them, with luck you won't ever be required to use your newly discovered Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club surroundings.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you have never done Taekwondo before, you may be curious to know what is going to happen on your first lesson. There might be variations to the following, depending on which Rochdale Taekwondo school you go to, but you can pretty much expect; A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training comprising some hand attacks, stances, blocking techniques and kicks, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), a few ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and anybody wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Rochdale must also become a member of British Taekwondo.