Sheffield Taekwondo (S1): If you have been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some particular goals such as to bolster your self-esteem, build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body and learn self-defence, Taekwondo could be ideal for you. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in Sheffield from taking this up. To be fair, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical health can easily take part and get benefits from this activity.
With its beginnings in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is certainly one of the more recently developed of the martial arts and involves mainly kicking moves such as spinning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and rapid kicking techniques. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
Folks in Sheffield take up Taekwondo for numerous reasons but it is the self-defence element that appeals to most. This is not a surprise when you consider the ever rising levels of violence seen in city and town centres nowadays. Learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and respect for others is a key benefit of Taekwondo.
Your First Sheffield Taekwondo Lesson: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first lesson. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
Taekwondo Beginners Classes: It doesn't matter who you are or what you're capable of in Taekwondo, at one stage you were a total novice, knowing nothing and fearing failure. We have all started at that point and can only learn and improve with practice. Beginner Taekwondo classes in Sheffield are the place to start that learning process and to pick up the basics so that you can gain confidence and move forward in your Taekwondo adventure. Most beginner classes are set up to be fun and friendly, offering a slow introduction to the basic Taekwondo principles and building a solid foundation for the future.
In Summary: So, what do you want from Taekwondo? Well that is a good question, and the answer will vary for different people. Most participants will simply wish to gain more self-confidence, meet new people and improve their fitness. We're not all going to reach the dizzy heights of Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, although maybe you will, who knows?
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