Stevenage Taekwondo: If you're planning to take up a new activity that will enable you to build your confidence, enhance your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body and learn self-defence, you might give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible candidate. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
When talking about Taekwondo, most people in Stevenage assume that this is a sport for young kids. While the younger generation may find it easier to contend with the demands of Taekwondo, people of every age can practice the sport. Being relatively fit and agile is however a requirement of Taekwondo.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts in Seoul founded some exciting new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a blend of martial arts techniques. The focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, fast kicking styles and turning/jumping kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Stevenage Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Popular worldwide Taekwondo now has over 60 million enthusiasts. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, heading along to your local Stevenage Taekwondo club or class is a good place to start. While nobody would seriously expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Stevenage.
For many people in Stevenage, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that is the most appealing. And if you consider the increased levels of violence in town and city centres these days, this is hardly surprising. However, exercising a good helping of self-restraint and having respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
While its nice to know that you're able to defend yourself when you need to, it is hoped that you never need to do this outside of your local Taekwondo club environment.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first class, you'll be wondering what will happen. The following will give you an example, but this could vary subject to which Stevenage school you have signed up for. A 15-20 minute warm up to loosen the muscles and increase your heart rate, a bit of technical training covering some hand attacks, stances, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a few tips on sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.