Walton-on-Thames Taekwondo: If you are planning to take up a new hobby which will enable you to boost your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect and learn a bit of self-defence, you might give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible option. This Korean inspired martial art has grown in popularity since it was created during the nineteen forties.
If you were to ask people in Walton-on-Thames what their thoughts were on Taekwondo, most would say it is a sport for young children. Keeping up with the physical demands of the sport might be easier for the younger generation, but this doesn't mean that people of every age group can participate in, and enjoy the many benefits of this activity. It does however help if you are relatively fit to fully enjoy all the intricacies of Taekwondo.
The discipline was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it was not given the name Taekwondo until the 1950's. A group of Korean martial arts devotees in Seoul established some schools called "kwans", where they practiced a mix of martial arts techniques. The main focus of the discipline was on kicking movements, especially fast kicking methods, head-height kicks and spinning/jumping kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, roughly meaning "the way of the foot and fist". Now Walton-on-Thames Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo has become really popular in Walton-on-Thames and all around the world, with over sixty million enthusiasts worldwide. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a bash, heading along to a local Walton-on-Thames Taekwondo class or club is a good way to get involved. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there isn't any reason why you can't be a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun in the process.
For many people in Walton-on-Thames, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that is the most appealing. You should not be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's town and city centres. The ability to defend yourself while still exercising self-restraint and a respect for others is one of the main principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Class: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. The following will give you an illustration, but this could vary depending on which Walton-on-Thames school you attend. An initial warm up lasting 15-20 minutes, a bit of technical training covering some stances, hand attacks, blocking techniques and kicks, a look at some forms (Poomse), a few tips on sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.