Swindon Taekwondo: If you have been looking around Swindon for some ideas for a new hobby, you might like to consider Taekwondo as a candidate. Practising this skill will help you to enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind, learn self-defence and boost your confidence. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
When most people in Swindon think of Taekwondo, they picture younger children performing energetic kicking and punching manoeuvres. Keeping up with the physical demands of the sport may be easier for the younger generation, but this doesn't mean that people of every age group can take part in, and enjoy the many benefits of this activity. You will however get much more enjoyment out of Taekwondo if you are fairly agile and fit.
The sport was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it was not named Taekwondo until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some schools known as "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the emphasis is on kicking, in particular head kicks, rapid kicking styles and turning/jumping kicks. These days Swindon Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo students globally, now exceeds sixty million. Heading along to a local Taekwondo club or class in Swindon is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. There is no reason why you cannot reach a high standard in this thrilling sport, even if you've got no desire to compete in the Olympics.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Swindon. And when you consider the high levels of violence in city and town centres nowadays, this is hardly surprising. In fact one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
With a bit of luck you will not ever need to use your newly discovered Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, but it's nice to know they're there if you need them.
Your First Swindon Taekwondo Class: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you'll be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an example, but this could vary depending on which Swindon school you attend. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase heart rate and loosen your muscles, a little technical training comprising some stances, kicks, hand attacks and blocking techniques, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down to stretch tired muscles and loosen up.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the UK is British Taekwondo and anybody wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Swindon must also register with British Taekwondo.