Swindon Taekwondo (SN1): Learning a new skill is always satisfying and the martial arts are very popular nowadays. Taking up something like Taekwondo helps you to boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-esteem and learn self-defence. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since it was created during the 1940's and 50's.
Taekwondo is generally a lot more demanding physically than for example Tai Chi, so unless you are pretty fit and agile you might prefer to find something a little gentler to improve your fitness in Swindon. Younger children are certainly the perfect participants for Taekwondo classes in Swindon, with lots of fast movements going on and plenty of high kicking.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the martial art began life in Korea in 1945. This blend of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some innovative new schools in Seoul called "kwans", established by a group of Korean martial artists. The main focus of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking movements, in particular rapid kicking styles, head kicks and spinning/jumping kicks. Now Swindon Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Popular all over the world Taekwondo now has over 60 million practitioners. Joining a local Swindon Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
Of all the many benefits of doing this sport, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Swindon find most appealing. And its not surprising that this is on people's list of priorities when you consider the rising levels of violence seen these days in town and city centres throught the United Kingdom. However, exercising self-restraint and a respect for others goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Lesson: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first class. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
The governing body for Taekwondo in the United Kingdom is British Taekwondo and anyone wishing to join a Taekwondo club in Swindon must also register with British Taekwondo.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: There are of course many benefits to be had from doing Taekwondo and here are just a few that may be of interest to you: Empower your body and mind by means of increased physical coordination and mental discipline, Enhance self-esteem and concentration by maximizing both physical and mental powers, Increase flexibility, agility and stamina through intensive cardiovascular exertion, Reduced stress with controlled breathing, Greater discipline by thoroughly training your body and mind in the doctrines and tactics of Taekwondo, Boost confidence by helping you to succeed and to seize control of your life, Help with self-defence by coaching you to recognize occasions where self-defence may be required, and allowing you to turn these types of scenarios in your favour.
Summary: So, what do you want from Taekwondo? Well that is a good question, and the answer will vary for different people. Most participants will simply wish to gain more self-confidence, meet new people and improve their fitness levels. We're not all going to reach the dizzy heights of Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, although maybe you will, who knows? 👊
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