Benefits of Taekwondo
Men women and children need to be able to defend themselves if the need arises. With Taekwondo we develop the technique of unarmed combat for self-defence, involving skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks, dodges and restraints.
Improved Self Confidence
Lots of children want to train in Taekwondo because:
- They are being bullied
- They have low self-esteem/confidence
- They have no confidence
- They are lacking in co-ordination/motor skills
- They find it hard to make friends
With training in Taekwondo and the content of the classes and the way they are run, the children will develop:-
- Self-defence skills and even the ability to defeat the bully without fighting
- With developing the skills learned in the class it will improve the child’s confidence, giving them a higher self-esteem
- The Taekwondo training will channel their energy into their Taekwondo skills
- The way the instruction is given and broken down for the child, you will see a great improvement in a matter of weeks.
- The training in Taekwondo promotes individual and group activities which will develop, (1) communication skills, (2) Group interactions/activities.
Although the classes are disciplined, the classes are fun and enjoyable. Having the ability to defend yourself makes you a more confident person, in all facets of life. Taekwondo is about improving your mental and physical state. It builds a level of self-confidence unsurpassed by any other form of exercise.
Due to the types of exercises and techniques performed, your flexibility and mobility will improve immensely. In order to improve flexibility we incorporate several types of stretching. These are:-
- Static Stretching – Static stretching means a stretch is held in a challenging but comfortable position for a period of time, usually somewhere between 10 to 30 seconds. Static stretching is the most common form of stretching found in general fitness and is considered safe and effective for improving overall flexibility
- Dynamic Stretching – Dynamic stretching means a stretch is performed by moving through a challenging but comfortable range of motion repeatedly, usually 10 to 12 times. Although dynamic stretching requires more thoughtful coordination than static stretching (because of the movement involved), it is gaining favour among athletes, coaches, trainers, and physical therapists. because of its apparent benefits in improving functional range of motion.
- Passive Stretching– Passive stretching means you’re using some sort of outside assistance to help you achieve a stretch. This assistance could be your body weight, another person or a stretching device. With passive stretching, you relax the muscle you’re trying to stretch and rely on the external force to hold you in place. You don’t usually have to work very hard to do a passive stretch.
- Active Stretching – Active stretching means you’re stretching a muscle by actively contracting the muscle in opposition to the one you’re stretching. With active stretching, you relax the muscle you’re trying to stretch and rely on the opposing muscle to initiate the stretch. Active stretching can be challenging because of the muscular force required to generate the stretch but is generally considered lower risk because you are controlling the stretch force with your own strength rather than an external force.