Wrexham Taekwondo: If you would like to build your confidence, strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-respect and learn some valuable self-defence techniques, an ideal activity to get involved in is Taekwondo. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
When talking about Taekwondo, many people in Wrexham consider that this is a sport for younger children. There is no doubt that the younger and fitter generation are more equipped to cope with the physical demands of this high energy sport, but this isn't to say that people of every age cannot participate. Being fairly agile and fit is however a prerequisite of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo came from Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the focus is on kicking, in particular fast kicking methods, head kicks and turning/jumping kicks. These days Wrexham Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Wrexham and with more than sixty million others throughout the world. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a go, signing up for your local Wrexham Taekwondo class or club is an easy way to get involved. While reaching Olympic standard may be beyond you, there isn't any reason why you cannot still become a Taekwondo master.
People in Wrexham learn Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence element that interests most. This is no surprise when you consider the ever rising levels of violence seen in town and city centres these days. However, exercising a good helping of self-restraint and having respect for others goes hand in hand with Taekwondo's self-defence principles.
While its great to know they are there when you need them, with luck you'll never have the need to use your newly perfected Taekwondo techniques for defending yourself outside of your local club surroundings.
Your First Wrexham Taekwondo Class: For those of you who have never done Taekwondo before, you'll no doubt be intrigued to know what to expect from your first class. The following will give you an idea, but this will vary from school to school. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to increase your heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a bit of technical training covering some blocking techniques, kicks, stances and hand attacks, an introduction to forms or patterns, a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and to finish off a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent cramping and spasms.
If you want to sign up to a Taekwondo club in Wrexham, you'll also have to register with the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.