Woking Taekwondo: Mastering a new skill is always satisfying and the martial arts are very popular these days. Trying something like Taekwondo enables you to learn some useful self-defence techniques, bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and build your confidence. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after WW2.
While people of every age group in Woking 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. It could prove too taxing for some older adults, but shouldn't be an issue for those who are already active and fit. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Woking, got involved in the sport when they were younger. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo was only developed quite recently in Korea (1945). A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", blending various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mainly entails kicking manoeuvres, especially turning/jumping kicks, fast kicking methods and head kicks. Today Woking Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
The 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 have a go, heading along to a local Woking Taekwondo class or club is a great way to get involved. While reaching Olympic standard may be aiming a bit high, there isn't any reason why you cannot still become a Taekwondo master.
The thing about Taekwondo that seems to most interest people in Woking is the self-defence element of it. And its not a surprise that this features highly on people's list of priorities when you take into account the ever increasing incidence of violence seen these days in city and town centres throughout the United Kingdom. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can be confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercise self-restraint and respect others.
While it is great to know that you can defend yourself when you need to, it is hoped that you never need to do this outside of your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Class: If you've booked your first class but have not tried Taekwondo before, you will be wondering what to prepare for. This may vary from school to school but will usually include all or most of the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen the muscles, a little technical training comprising some blocking techniques, kicks, stances and hand attacks, learning some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and finally a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.