Leeds Taekwondo (LS1): If you've been thinking of taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to strengthen your mind and body, learn a bit of self-defence, enhance your self-esteem and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be a good choice for you. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since its development during the 1940's and 50's.
While not intending to be in any way ageist, Taekwondo can be rather physical and is generally more suited to younger people in Leeds, it is especially good for children who will learn to be self-disciplined and respecting of others. It can sometimes be too taxing for older adults unless they are exceptionally fit and active. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in Leeds, started when they were younger. Tai Chi or something similarly softer might be more suitab le for the less agile of you.
Taekwondo came from Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul founded some exciting new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a mixture of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, turning/jumping kicks and rapid kicking styles. Now Leeds Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
People in Leeds take up Taekwondo for many reasons but it is the self-defence aspect that appeals to most. 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. In fact one of the key principles of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising self-restraint and a respect for others.
There's a pretty good chance that your newly learned Taekwondo skills will never need to be used in the outside world, but it will certainly give you peace of mind knowing that they are there should you need them.
Your First Class: Different Taekwondo clubs in Leeds will have different ideas about what pupils should cover on their first lesson, but to give you an idea of what to expect most first Taekwondo lessons will include a warm-up, some sparring, learning Poomse (forms), an introduction to blocks, kicks, hand attacks and stances (technical training) and a warm-down to stretch tired muscles and return the body to a state of equilibrium.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organization is mandatory should you wish to join any Taekwondo club in Leeds or nearby.
To Summarize: So, what do you want from Taekwondo? Well that is a good question, and the answer will vary for different people. Most participants will simply wish to improve their fitness, gain more confidence and meet new people. We're not all going to reach the dizzy heights of Jade Jones or Lutalo Muhammad, although maybe you will, who knows?
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