By Amy Muir
Pain, suffering and an old, wise, bearded bloke with a cane. That’s how movies and TV have portrayed learning a martial art. And although Hollywood’s ‘wax on, wax off’ approach may seem like the only way to become an amazing and formidable martial artist with a rocking bod, the practical South Korean martial art of Taekwondo can still give you the crazy fast and amazing techniques plus more, just like the movies!
So? What’s in it for me? Well for anyone interested, Taekwondo clocks up some awesome benefits on your health mentally, physically and emotionally. In fact we’re so sure of the benefits you can get from Taekwondo we have made a list:
Building up your fitness is inevitable in the sport of TKD, you are always moving and gaining fitness without even knowing it! This can help you in so many aspects of your life.
One of the key areas in TKD is learning self defence. Learning how to protect yourself is essential.
Flexible strong and coordinated
Feeling a bit unco at sports or in gym? Finding it more and more difficult to pick up a heavy load and can’t do more than 10 push ups? Can’t touch your toes? Solved, solved and solved. Your answer? Taekwondo. TKD is mainly a kicking sport so you are stretching and gaining more flexibility which can help you get those amazing kicks. There is also a lot of strength in the sport of Taekwondo from you legs, through your core as well as your arms. In TKD you could be working more muscles than you knew you had! Keeping you toned and looking good, just in time for summer!
Friends and fun
At every Taekwondo (TKD) training centre you are bound to find some great friendly people to train with. It is also scientifically proven that when you train or learn something new with a friend, you are 40% more likely to remember what you are being taught. New friends plus learning. Win win!
Makes you all round happy
Imagine if there was a type of wonder drug that would increase your self esteem and self worth, give you positive outlooks on life and make you happy. Well there is and it is called Taekwondo. In fact a study done by Teen Health Australia shows that exercising releases endorphins in you brain and through the rest of your body making you feel happy, positive and energised. And because of your newly found happiness you can have a positive outlook on nearly anything. How much more do you want!
It’s for everyone
Probably one of the greatest aspects of Taekwondo is that it is for everyone. Unlike some of the more gender orientated sports such as Football or Netball, Taekwondo is for everyone. Guys and girls, young and old and in-between. There is no discrimination and everyone can train with everyone. It is a great way to get to know people better without it being awkward.
Confidence and leadership
Many people start TKD with very little confidence, are quite shy and haven’t got very many leadership skills. One week and suddenly they are more talkative and confident and can start to show signs of leadership. You develop the confidence to talk to people your age younger and older. This new found confidence can really help you interact with people, or even ask that special someone out.
As you can now see, there are so many brilliant benefits you can get from TKD that you will be kicking yourself if you don’t sign up right now.
Amy is an Assistant instructor at Haktari Taekwondo Academy. To find out more about taekwondo head to www.haktari.com.au or call Jeff on 0418 663 144