Billingham Taekwondo (TS22): Developed during the 1940's in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art that has grown in popularity in recent years. Renowned as a way to learn some self-defence moves, boost your confidence, strengthen your body and mind and bolster your self-esteem, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Billingham and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults may find it somewhat too demanding unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Billingham at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo originated in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some innovative new schools known as "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. In Taekwondo the main focus is on kicking, in particular rapid kicking styles, spinning/jumping kicks and head-height kicks. These days Billingham Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Billingham and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Joining a local Billingham Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. While you may not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exciting martial art and have some fun along the way.
For many people in Billingham, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
While it will give you peace of mind knowing that you have these self-defence skills in your locker, the chances are that you'll never need to use them outside of an organized Taekwondo class.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: For those of you who have never done Taekwondo before, you will no doubt be interested to know what to expect from your first class. The following will give you an example, but this will vary depending on which Billingham school you attend. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase your heart rate and reduce stiffness in the muscles, a little technical training comprising some hand attacks, blocks, stances and kicks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), some tips on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and relaxing to prevent spasms and cramping.
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