Stockton-on-Tees Taekwondo: If you have been thinking about taking up a hobby to achieve some particular goals such as to boost your confidence, enhance your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body and learn some valuable self-defence techniques, Taekwondo could be just the sport for you. This more modern martial art has rapidly gained popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Taekwondo is an ideal sport for children in Stockton-on-Tees, because it teaches self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical aspects make it more appropriate for younger people. It could prove too taxing for some older adults, but shouldn't be an issue for those who are already fit and active. However people who take up Taekwondo in Stockton-on-Tees when they are younger will find they can comfortably carry it on into older adulthood. If you are less nimble you could always try something a bit softer such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in about 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not used until the 1950's. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts devotees founded some exciting new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a mix of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, in particular head-height kicks, spinning/jumping kicks and rapid kicking methods. Now Stockton-on-Tees Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
The number of Taekwondo practitioners globally, now exceeds sixty million. Heading along to your local Stockton-on-Tees Taekwondo class or club is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. Whilst the likelihood of you getting to Olympic standard are quite slim, there isn't any reason at all why you can't master this fascinating martial art.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally has the most appeal to people in Stockton-on-Tees. This isn't difficult to believe when you think about the elevated levels of violence experienced in city and town centres on a daily basis. Being able to defend yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by exercising self-restraint and respecting others.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you have never attempted Taekwondo before you might be a bit anxious as to what you should expect on your first lesson. The following will give you an illustration, but this could vary subject to which Stockton-on-Tees school you attend. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to loosen muscles and increase heart rate, a bit of technical training involving learning some blocks, kicks, hand attacks and stances, learning some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
If you wish to sign up to a Taekwondo club in Stockton-on-Tees, you'll also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.