For those beginning their journey of taekwondo training, it’s always good to have some kind of knowledge about what to expect, and also to get an idea about the scope of what your taekwondo training will encompass.
Your Taekwondo Training Journey
For me, the decision to begin taekwondo training is a no-brainer...but I acknowledge my bias. I love taekwondo as a traditional martial arts, and I also love the sport and competition side of modern taekwondo. I have seen and experienced the truly great benefits of training in taekwondo.
For those beginning their journey of taekwondo training, it's always good to have some kind of knowledge about what to expect, and also to get an idea about the scope of what your taekwondo training will encompass. Basically, if you're in it for the long haul, there's a WHOLE LOTTA stuff to learn, practice and master throughout your taekwondo career. In fact with the right attitude you will never stop learning. Truly perfecting a technique, or a pattern, or even improving your mind-set, can be a life-long pursuit, no matter what level of experience you have, or what rank you are.
Taekwondo training will teach you:
- Effective taekwondo kicking and punching technique.
- Blocking and the various taekwondo stances.
- Taekwondo patterns set for the various belt levels.
- Taekwondo sparring and it's variations such as 3-step, 1-step, non-contact, semi-contact etc.
- Self-defense skills.
- Proper and effective stretching technique.
- Korean taekwondo terminology and the philosophy behind taekwondo.
Taekwondo training will also develop:
- A spirit of community, respect for others and yourself.
- A heightened level of confidence and competitive spirit.
- Fitness, strength, flexibility and improved cardiovascular health.
- Dedication, self-discipline and self-belief.
- A stronger social network and sense of belonging.
The nature of training in any martial arts is that often it will be repetitive and many students find this aspect to be challenging. Repetition is an important and effective way to learn taekwondo technique, patterns, and movement. Embrace it with this in mind.
Remember also, taekwondo training will develop and advance your skills, at a level and pace that is suitable to your age, your level of natural ability, and the time you have available for training and practice. Your progression should be at a level that is comfortably challenging, but short of being overwhelming.
Taekwondo sparring is an integral part of taekwondo training. It can be a fun, exciting, and challenging way to put into practice what you have learned.