Weymouth Taekwondo: If you are planning to take up a new hobby that will help you to boost your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, enhance your self-respect and learn to defend yourself, you might give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible candidate. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Taekwondo is a perfect sport for children in Weymouth, because it teaches self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical aspects make it more suited to younger people. Seniors might find it somewhat too challenging unless they are particularly fit and active. People in Weymouth who take up Taekwondo when they are young find it easy to continue when they become older. Tai Chi or something similarly less strenuous might be more suited to the less agile of you.
The sport was formulated in Korea in 1945, though it was not named Taekwondo until the 1950's. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts lovers founded some new schools which they named "kwans", practicing a blend of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it later became known as, mainly involves kicking manoeuvres, especially fast kicking styles, head-height kicks and jumping/spinning kicks. These days Weymouth Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo practitioners worldwide, now exceeds sixty million. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a go, joining a local Weymouth Taekwondo club or class is a great way to get involved. While reaching Olympic standard may be beyond your capabilities, there isn't any reason why you can't still become a Taekwondo master.
It seems that the most interesting aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. This is no surprise when you take into account the ever rising levels of violence seen in town and city centres nowadays. In actual fact one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising a degree of self-restraint and having respect for others.
Your First Weymouth Taekwondo Class: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you will be wondering what to expect. This could vary subject to which Weymouth school you go to, but will usually involve the following. 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, some technical training such as learning some kicks, stances, blocks and hand attacks, some work on patterns or forms, a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and last but not least a warm down to loosen up and stretch muscles.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organization is mandatory if you want to sign up with any Taekwondo club in Weymouth or nearby.