Salisbury Taekwondo: If you would like to build your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect and learn self-defence, an ideal activity to get involved in is Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
When speaking about Taekwondo, many people in Salisbury consider that this is an activity for young children. There's no doubt that the younger and fitter generation are more equipped to contend with the physical demands of this high energy sport, but this isn't to say that people of any age can't take part. You do however need to be fairly agile and fit to fully enjoy all the complexities of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. Some exciting new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts. Taekwondo, which it later became known as, mainly entails kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking methods, spinning/jumping kicks and head kicks. These days Salisbury Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
With over 60 million enthusiasts across the world and quite a few in Salisbury, Taekwondo has become extremely popular. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, signing up for a local Salisbury Taekwondo club or class is a great place to start. There isn't any reason why you cannot become a master of this fascinating martial art, even if you do not aspire to Olympic competition.
It appears that the most appealing aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. And its no surprise that this is on people's list of priorities when you take into account the rising incidence of violence seen these days in town centres throughout the United Kingdom. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with Taekwondo's self-defence principles.
Although you'll spend a lot of time mastering these essential self-defence techniques, with any luck you'll never need to apply them except within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Lesson: If you have booked your first class but haven't tried Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to expect. This can vary depending on which Salisbury school you attend, but will normally include the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up, some technical training which will involve learning some kicks, hand attacks, blocking techniques and stances, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and to finish off a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the UK is British Taekwondo and any person wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Salisbury must also register with British Taekwondo.