What is it?
With an estimated 60 million regular practitioners, Taekwondo is arguably the most popular of all martial arts and can be practiced as both an art form and a combat sport. The art form is centered on moves, steps and shapes which represent fighting situations, but has no confrontational element. As a combat sport, Taekwondo is more formal and features rules and point-scoring methods.
Why is it good for me?
As an all-over body workout, Taekwondo has much to commend it. Some of the key fitness benefits are as follows:
- Increased strength
- Better muscle tone
- Safe and easy stretching techniques enhance flexibility
- Breathing and concentration exercises lead to sharper reflexes and senses
How much does it cost?
This will depend on your local taekwondo club or school – but most run ‘taster’ sessions where they will supply you with the necessary clothing and are often free. After that, you will probably pay a fee per session, typically starting around £5.
What equipment do I need?
If you are attending a ‘taster’ session, the club may provide you with protective equipment free of charge.
Loose sportswear, such as jogging bottoms and sweatshirt should be fine for a beginner.