Stoke-on-Trent Taekwondo: If you're planning to take up a new activity that will enable you to learn some self-defence techniques, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect and boost your confidence, you should give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible option. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since its development during the nineteen forties.
When many people in Stoke-on-Trent visualize Taekwondo, they picture young children doing energetic kicking and punching manoeuvres. The truth is though, that people of all ages are able to take part in this sport despite its considerable physical demands. Being fairly fit does however help you to enjoy all the complexities of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. Some new schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts lovers. Kicking movements, in particular jumping/turning kicks, head kicks and fast kicking styles are the primary focus of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known. Today Stoke-on-Trent Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo now has over sixty million enthusiasts worldwide and has become very popular in Stoke-on-Trent and throughout the UK. Ever since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a try, joining your local Stoke-on-Trent Taekwondo club or class is a great way to get involved. Whilst noone would seriously expect you to reach Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Stoke-on-Trent.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Stoke-on-Trent consider most alluring. This isn't hard to believe when you think about the elevated levels of violence witnessed in town and city centres day after day. Actually one of the key principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising a degree of self-restraint and having respect for others.
Hopefully you will never be required to use your newly perfected Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, however it's great to know they're there if you need them.
Your First Stoke-on-Trent Taekwondo Lesson: For those of you who've never done Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be intrigued to know what to expect from your first class. This could vary depending on which Stoke-on-Trent school you go to, but will generally include the following. Fifteen to twenty minutes of warm up exercises to loosen stiff muscles and increate your heart rate, a little technical training which will involve learning some hand attacks, kicks, blocking techniques and stances, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and last but not least a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up.