Wakefield Taekwondo: If you're looking for ways that you can strengthen your mind and body, learn self-defence, build your confidence and enhance your self-respect, you might consider taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Many people in Wakefield would imagine that the fast punching, high kicking movements demanded by Taekwondo are more suited to young children. While the younger generation should find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to cope with, there's nothing at all to stop people of every age group taking part. Being relatively agile does however help you to enjoy all the ins and outs of Taekwondo.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the discipline started life in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some exciting new schools called "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking movements, especially head kicks, fast kicking styles and jumping/turning kicks. Today Wakefield Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Wakefield and with more than 60 million others across the world. Signing up for a local Taekwondo class or club in Wakefield is the best way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst nobody would expect you to reach Olympic standard, you could certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Wakefield.
Folks in Wakefield take up Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence element that interests most. And when you consider the increased levels of violence in town centres these days, this is hardly surprising. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
While it is good to practice and master these self-defence skills in the controlled environment of your local Wakefield Taekwondo club, with any luck you will not ever need to use them in the outside world.
Your First Wakefield Taekwondo Class: For those of you who have never attempted Taekwondo before, you'll no doubt be interested to know what to expect from your first lesson. The following will give you an illustration, but this could vary depending on which Wakefield school you go to. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to loosen your muscles and increase heart rate, a bit of technical training comprising some kicks, stances, blocks and hand attacks, learning some forms (or Poomse), a look at sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing.