Scunthorpe Taekwondo: If you have been thinking about taking up a hobby to accomplish some particular goals such as to strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect, learn a bit of self-defence and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be a good choice for you. This more contemporary of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after WW2.
While in no way intending to be ageist, Taekwondo can be quite physical and is generally more suited to younger people in Scunthorpe, it is especially good for children who will learn to be self-disciplined and respecting of others. It can sometimes be too tough for older adults except if they are exceptionally active and fit. However those in Scunthorpe who take up Taekwondo at an early age, will find that continuing into older adulthood isn't an issue. Something a bit less strenuous like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some exciting new schools called "kwans", mixing various martial arts techniques. The main emphasis of the discipline was on kicking movements, in particular head-height kicks, fast kicking styles and jumping/spinning kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, roughly meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Scunthorpe Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Scunthorpe and with over sixty million others across the world. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, heading along to a local Scunthorpe Taekwondo class or club is a great starting point. Whilst the likelihood of you getting to Olympic standard are rather slim, there's no reason at all why you can't master this exhilarating martial art.
Of all the numerous benefits of doing this sport, it's the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Scunthorpe find most appealing. This is no real surprise when you take into account the ever rising levels of violence seen in city and town centres these days. It is a key principle of Taekwondo that you can become confidently able to defend yourself yet exercise self-restraint and respect others.
While it is good to practice and master these self-defence techniques in the protected environment of your local Scunthorpe Taekwondo club, with any luck you won't ever have the need to use them in the outside world.
Your First Lesson: If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you will be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an overview, but this could vary from school to school. 15 to 20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a bit of technical training involving learning some blocks, stances, kicks and hand attacks, an introduction to forms or patterns, a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and any individual wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Scunthorpe must also become a member of British Taekwondo.