Solihull Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways to strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect, learn some self-defence techniques and build your confidence, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
Taekwondo is a perfect sport for children in Solihull, because it encourages self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical elements make it more appropriate for younger people. It can often be too tough for older adults except when they are exceptionally fit and active. Continuing their Taekwondo experience through into older adulthood should not however be an issue for those who start when they're younger. Tai Chi or something similarly less strenuous might be more suited to the less agile of you.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the discipline began life in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees, combining a number of various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly entails kicking movements, in particular rapid kicking styles, spinning/jumping kicks and head-height kicks. Now Solihull Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Taekwondo has become really popular in Solihull and all across the globe, with more than 60 million students worldwide. Signing up for your local Taekwondo club or class in Solihull is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There isn't any reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this thrilling sport, even if you have no desire to compete in the Olympics.
Although there is a great deal to be gained by practicing Taekwondo, it is the aspect of self-defence that most Solihull people find appealing. And if you consider the increased levels of violence in city and town centres nowadays, this is hardly surprising. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
While its nice to know they are there when you need them, hopefully you will never be required to use your newly acquired Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club environment.
Your First Class: For those of you who've never done Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be curious to know just what to expect from your first class. The following will give you a pretty good idea, but this may vary from school to school. A warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, some technical training such as learning some blocks, kicks, stances and hand attacks, some work on patterns or forms, some tips on sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch weary muscles and loosen up.