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:
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.