Have you ever thought about taking up a Martial Art? We are really lucky to live next to a fabulous school of Taekwondo where both my boys attend. It is called Reflex and this is their website. https://www.reflextkd.com/
Both my boys have a lesson once a week and what I love about this class is it not only teaches the Art of Taekwondo but all the wonderful principles that go with it. All kids need discipline, control, attention, calmness, focus and the ability to defend themselves in unsavoury situations and these are the main reasons why I send them. I say ‘send them’ but they love it. They love the exercise, the fun that is attached to each class. Plus, they get to wear these cool outfits which make them look the part.
So I couldn’t write a fitness blog and not include this sport and highly recommend it. I would love to try it myself, but for me the time conflicts with other things. Nevertheless, if you are interested I’m sure there’s a club near you and if you are local, please do click on the Reflex link above for more information.
P.S. Parents of young kids, you will love the discipline of this sport. Sir (as the teachers are referred), has an amazing way of commanding respect and he uses analogies in the classroom or school playground which kids can relate to understand the importance of each. I really was and still am impressed each week.
- What does Tae-kwon-do stand for?
Taekwon-Do – Tae is foot (representing a kick), Kwon is hand/fist (representing a punch) and Do is the way or art, so it is the Korean art/way of the hand and foot.
- Can you briefly explain what Taekwondo is?
Taekwon-Do is the Korean martial art of self defence. At Reflex we teach the ITF style (International Taekwon-Do Federation) which is recognised all over the world and the original style as developed by the founder. Our ITF Black Belt is therefore recognised all over the World.
- What motivated you to start practising Taekwondo?
We started Taekwon-Do as an activity for keeping fit and it was very different to lots of other activities available at the time.
- How long have you been practising Taekwondo?
Sir has been training in Taekwon-Do for over 30 years and I started before having my children (20 years ago), but then returned when they were older.
- What are the benefits for someone thinking about starting a martial art such as Taekwondo?
There are many benefits, such as improving your fitness in practicing the art – with the various techniques that need mastered in order to progress through the belt system. Flexibility is important too for performing certain techniques.
Aswell as the great physical benefits, then there are also the social benefits of being part of a club, making friends and socialising. Higher belt students tend to assist new starters and always make them feel part of a larger family. It can also help people to develop confidence.
- How are students graded in Taekwondo and how quickly can they progress?
Students are graded under an experienced International ITF approved Instructor/grading examiner.
The journey to Black Belt is very much a personal one and depends on the individual. It is very much a personal journey and everyone who starts Taekwon-do has the ability to reach Black Belt with perseverance and practice. There is no fixed timescale on grading’s. It is an individual journey, but Black Belt is only the beginning as there are nine Black Belt Dan’s! (1st Dan to 9th Dan inclusive)
- There seems to be a great focus on discipline and respect in Taekwondo – why is this?
The main reason is because you are teaching people how to use their hands and feet in a destructive way and therefore there needs to be trust that it is not going to be mis-used.
Being a martial Art, respect and discipline are key – respect for the Instructor, Dojang (training hall) and other students. Discipline because Taekwon-Do was originally developed as a form of self defence for the military. Self discipline is fundamentally important to Martial Arts.
- Will practising Taekwondo help with physical fitness?
Absolutely. In our opinion, Taekwon-Do has many benefits and also helps with co-ordination skills.
- What age can people start Taekwondo?
Reflex takes classes for children from four years old where the basics are taught, but it is very much about team work, partner work and listening and following instructions.
Age and maturity is key to the development of the self defence and at a young age, it is the development of the basic motor skills that is more important.