Wolverhampton Taekwondo: Learning a new skill is always gratifying and the martial arts are very popular with people in Wolverhampton these days. Trying a sport like Taekwondo helps you to boost your confidence, bolster your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body and learn some valuable self-defence techniques. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
If you were to ask people in Wolverhampton what their feelings were on Taekwondo, nearly all would say it's a sport for younger children. There is no doubt that the younger generation are more equipped to contend with the physical demands of this high energy sport, but this does not mean that people of every age can't participate. Being relatively fit is however a prerequisite of Taekwondo.
The sport was first practiced in Korea in around 1945, though the name Taekwondo was not coined until the 1950's. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts lovers founded some schools which they named "kwans", practicing a combination of martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly entails kicking manoeuvres, in particular rapid kicking methods, head-height kicks and jumping/spinning kicks. Nowadays Wolverhampton Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
The number of Taekwondo practitioners globally, now exceeds 60 million. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, heading along to a Taekwondo class or club in Wolverhampton is a good place to start. There is no reason why you cannot become a master of this fascinating martial art, even if you do not aspire to Olympic competition.
It seems that the most interesting aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence. And if you consider the high levels of violence in town and city centres these days, this is hardly surprising. It is a key principle of Taekwondo that you can become confidently able to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and exercise self-restraint.
While it is a great experience to practice and master these self-defence skills in the controlled environment of your local Wolverhampton Taekwondo club, with luck you will not ever have the need to use them in the outside world.
What to Expect From Your First Class: If you have not tried Taekwondo before, you may be interested to know exactly what is likely to occur on your first class. This will vary from class to class but will usually involve most or all of the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to loosen the muscles and increase your heart rate, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some hand attacks, blocking techniques, kicks and stances, learning some forms (or Poomse), a few ideas on sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and to finish off a warm down to stretch weary muscles and relax.
If you wish to sign up to a Taekwondo club in Wolverhampton, you'll also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.