Stroud Taekwondo: Mastering a new skill is always gratifying and the martial arts are a popular choice with people in Stroud nowadays. Trying something like Taekwondo enables you to learn self-defence, bolster your self-esteem, boost your confidence and strengthen your body and mind. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this more contemporary martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
When talking about Taekwondo, the majority of people in Stroud assume that this is an activity for younger children. While the younger and fitter generation may find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to cope with, there's nothing at all to stop people of any age taking part. Being relatively fit does however help you to enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo.
The sport was developed in Korea in 1945, though it was not named Taekwondo until the 1950's. Some schools called "kwans" were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees, mixing a number of various martial arts techniques. The emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, in particular spinning/jumping kicks, head-height kicks and fast kicking styles, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, roughly meaning "the way of the foot and fist". These days Stroud Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Popular around the world Taekwondo now has over sixty million practitioners. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, signing up for a Taekwondo class or club in Stroud is an excellent place to start. There is no reason why you cannot reach an advanced standard in this exciting sport, even if you don't have any desire to compete in the Olympics.
For many people in Stroud, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that is the most interesting. This is no surprise when you consider the rising levels of violence seen in town centres nowadays. Learning to defend yourself whilst respecting others and exercising self-restraint is a key principle of Taekwondo.
Your First Stroud Taekwondo Class: If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you'll be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an illustration, but this can vary subject to which Stroud school you attend. A warm up of 15 to 20 minutes to loosen your muscles and increase heart rate, some technical training comprising some stances, blocking techniques, hand attacks and kicks, learning some Poomse (or forms), some ideas on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and loosen up.