The modern Olympic sport of Taekwondo, originated in Korea from an ancient form of martial art. Boasting more than 2000 years of history, it has become an increasingly popular mental and physical discipline that today, is practiced by people of all ages, shapes and sizes, the world over.
While many associate martial arts purely with self-defence, Taekwondo has so much more to teach us. Through learning it, you will of course be better able to defend yourself in the event of an assault, but you will also learn how to train your mind to cope better in times of stress, gain a body that becomes fit and toned and have more confidence in your everyday life. Below are 3examples of what learning Taekwondo can help you achieve:
- A healthy body:
Regularly practicing a martial art like Taekwondo, will help you to strengthen your entire body, from head to toe; enabling you to achieve better muscle tone and giving you a body that feels sleek and flexible.
There are also many stretching techniques, and breathing and concentration exercises involved in Taekwondo, and as you gradually learn them all, you will notice that your reflexes and ability to remain alert, will be heightened, along with an increased feeling of energy.
- A healthy mind:
In this fast paced, hectic world that we live in today, keeping a healthy mind can be easier said than done. Work can overwhelm us and active social lives mean that we’re often left feeling drained and unable to function as well as we might. Regular Taekwondo classes will give you an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle, and focus solely on yourself, and in the calm environment, you will be able to think clearly.
Exercising among other, like-minded people, will enable you to maintain a positive mental attitude, and help towards banishing any inner demons that you might possess. You will also be encouraged to eliminate any negative emotions and mindsets that you are prone to feeling, such as fear, jealousy and anger. Dedicated training and full commitment to Taekwondo could see your mind reach its full, positive potential.
Classes will also ensure that you are able to develop greater patience, while giving you the confidence, self-discipline and inner calm to tackle most challenges that everyday life that can throw at you.
- The ability to defend yourself:
Learning a martial art can work wonders not only in teaching you how to physically defend yourself, but mentally, too. Hopefully you will never need to defend yourself against an attack, but it can be reassuring to know that if the worst should happen, you are well equipped to handle matters confidently.
Rigorous and dedicated training will help you to learn the physical techniques that you will need, should you happen to face a potentially violent situation. Practicing these techniques until you can learn to use them with confidence, will help to decrease fear and intimidation levels within you, and you will become less inclined to see yourself as a victim throughout life in general.
The mental techniques Taekwondo will teach you, go hand in hand with the physical ones, and as you work on your sense of inner calm and self-confidence, the two will emerge naturally, together. You will be able to face a threatening situation calmly, safe in the knowledge that you are well equipped to defend yourself.