Taunton Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways that you can learn to defend yourself better, boost your confidence, strengthen your mind and body and bolster your self-respect, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This more contemporary of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after World War 2.
When many people in Taunton think of Taekwondo, they imagine young children doing energetic punching and kicking manoeuvres. While the younger and fitter generation should find it easier to cope with the physical demands of Taekwondo, people of all ages can practice the sport. However, so as to fully enjoy all the complexities of Taekwondo, it helps to be fairly fit.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the martial art started life in Korea in 1945. This mixture of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some schools in Seoul called "kwans", established by a group of Korean martial artists. The focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, in particular jumping/spinning kicks, fast kicking styles and head-height kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, roughly meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Nowadays Taunton Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Taunton and with more than sixty million others globally. This sport has even been included in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you want to get involved, heading along to your local Taunton Taekwondo class or club is a good starting point. Whilst the odds of you getting to Olympic standard are fairly slim, there is no reason at all why you can't master this exciting martial art.
Whilst there's a great deal to be gained by practicing Taekwondo, it's the aspect of self-defence that most Taunton people find appealing. This is no surprise when you take into account the ever rising levels of violence seen in town and city centres nowadays. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with Taekwondo's self-defence principles.
Your First Taunton Taekwondo Lesson: If you have not tried Taekwondo before you might be a little anxious as to what you should expect on your first class. This may vary depending on which Taunton school you attend, but will typically include the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce any stiffness in your muscles, some technical training involving learning some kicks, blocking techniques, stances and hand attacks, some work on patterns or forms, some ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down to stretch muscles and loosen up.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organization is mandatory should you wish to join any Taekwondo club in Taunton or nearby.