Telford Taekwondo: If you're looking to take up a new activity which will enable you to boost your confidence, enhance your self-esteem, learn some valuable self-defence techniques and strengthen your mind and body, you might give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible candidate. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since it was developed during the 1940's.
While people of any age in Telford can of course participate in Taekwondo, it is especially suited to the younger generation because it can be rather physically demanding, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Seniors who are not all that fit and active might find it a tad too tough. Continuing their Taekwondo adventure through into older adulthood shouldn't however be an issue for those who begin when they are younger. If you consider yourself amongst the less nimble, you could try something like Tai Chi which is much softer.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). This mix 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 focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking styles, head kicks and turning/jumping kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, roughly meaning "the way of the foot and fist". These days Telford Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Telford and with over 60 million others all over the world. This sport has even featured in the Olympic Games since 2000, and if you would like to get involved, heading along to your local Telford Taekwondo class or club is a good starting point. Whilst reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there is no reason why you can't still become a Taekwondo master.
It is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that generally is the most appealing to people in Telford. This isn't difficult to believe when you think about the high levels of violence experienced in town centres day after day. Actually one of the key benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising a degree of self-restraint and having respect for others.
Your First Lesson: If you've made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you will be wondering what will happen. This will vary from school to school but will normally include most or all of the following. Fifteen to twenty minutes of warm up exercises to loosen stiff muscles and increate your heart rate, a little technical training covering some kicks, stances, hand attacks and blocks, learning some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down to stretch muscles and relax.