Sunninghill Taekwondo: If you've been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to learn self-defence, enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be just the sport for you. This more modern martial art has quickly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
While in no way intending to be ageist, Taekwondo can be pretty physical and is generally more appropriate for younger people in Sunninghill, it is particularly good for children who will become self-disciplined and respecting of others. Unless they are particularly fit and active, older adults may find it too physically taxing. People in Sunninghill who take up Taekwondo when they may be young find it simple to continue when they get older. The less nimble of you might find that Tai Chi which is a bit less strenuous, is more suitable.
Taekwondo came from Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts in Seoul founded some innovative new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a blend of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mostly entails kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking methods, jumping/spinning kicks and head kicks. Now Sunninghill Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
With more than 60 million students all over the world and quite a few in Sunninghill, Taekwondo has become extremely popular. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, joining your local Sunninghill Taekwondo club or class is a great place to start. There is no reason why you can't reach an advanced standard in this exciting sport, even if you don't have any desire to take part in the Olympics.
While there is much to be gained by mastering Taekwondo, it is the element of self-defence that most Sunninghill people are interested in. And if you consider the increased levels of violence in city and town centres nowadays, this is not surprising. The ability to defend yourself while still exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main principles of Taekwondo.
While its great to know they're there when you need them, hopefully you will not ever be required to use your newly perfected Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club surroundings.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you have decided to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first class, you'll be curious as to what will happen. There may be variations to the following, subject to which Sunninghill Taekwondo school you go to, but you can more or less expect; A 15-20 minute warm up to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, a bit of technical training comprising some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks, learning the basic forms or patterns, a look at sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and to finish off a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing.