Taekwondo originating from Korea is traditionally known for its' dramatic and impressively high, fast and spinning kicks. Whilst it emphasises good flexibility for all of the kicking techniques, hand techniques are also used. It is based on ancient self–defence techniques and actually means ‘the way of foot and fist'.
It is safe to say that Taekwondo is one of the more dramatic styles of martial art, it requires a great deal of flexibility and commitment and is a fantastic way of becoming more flexible, with increased movement, it also improves balance and tones the body.
As with all martial arts, it helps to improve confidence and self-awareness and instils a sense of fellowship between all those who practise.
If interested in learning this popular style, it is worth sourcing additional information prior to joining. There will be many good books or resource websites available, but attending a club even if only to watch initially, is a good way of breaking into the style and chatting to those who attend. A good, supportive and encouraging Instructor is essential as every student new to the sport, has different directional needs and you will be able to gauge your own possible rapport with the Instructor and the others attending, when watching the lesson.
Taekwondo is labelled as one of the world's most popular martial arts and has become an international sport, in 1988 it was introduced to the Olympic Games in Seoul and over the years, its popularity has increased making it relatively easy to find a club fairly locally.
Taekwondo is popular with people of all ages whether male or female, as with most martial arts clubs but Taekwondo students can typically expect to learn the following:
Strong physical workout
Breaking of boards
Improvement of mental abilities disciplines
Some Taekwondo clubs are keen to have a physical presence at tournaments and their style of fighting makes them impressive opponents. Tournaments that are open to different styles provide an interesting display of interaction between those participating.