Rugby Taekwondo: If you've been looking around Rugby for some ideas for a new hobby, you might like to consider Taekwondo as a candidate. Practising this skill will enable you to strengthen your mind and body, learn a bit of self-defence, enhance your self-esteem and build your confidence. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since it was developed during the 1940's.
While not wanting to deter any specific age group, it should be said that Taekwondo is more suited to younger people in Rugby, being quite physically demanding. Its teachings of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. Unless they are particularly active and fit, seniors may find it too physically challenging. Quite a lot of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Rugby, started their adventure when they were younger. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
The name Taekwondo has only been used since the 1950's, although the sport started life in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts fanatics established some innovative new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a mixture of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mainly involves kicking movements, in particular head kicks, turning/jumping kicks and fast kicking methods. Today Rugby Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
With over sixty million practitioners around the globe and a fair few in Rugby, Taekwondo has become really popular. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, signing up for your local Rugby Taekwondo class or club is an excellent starting point. While the odds of you getting to Olympic standard are pretty slim, there isn't any reason at all why you cannot master this fascinating martial art.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it's the self-defence element of Taekwondo that the people of Rugby find most alluring. This is not surprising when you take into account the rising levels of violence seen in town centres nowadays. However, exercising a good helping of self-restraint and having respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Hopefully you won't ever need to use your newly acquired Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, however it's great to know it is there if you need it.
Your First Lesson: If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you'll be wondering what to expect. There could be variations to the following, depending on which Rugby Taekwondo school you go to, but you can pretty much expect; An initial warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a little technical training comprising some kicks, hand attacks, stances and blocking techniques, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), some tips on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up.