Taekwondo is a martial art originating in the Korean military over 60 years ago. The term 'taekwondo' translates as "the art of hand and foot" and unlike other martial arts, there is a strong emphasis on kicks as well as hand techniques.
As a sport it offers a great combination of fitness, strength, balance, flexibility and self-defence - everything you need from exercise.
A typical class is a mix of:
- fitness and strength training
- patterns (the different 'forms'- a sequence of attacks and defences - that we learn to move up the belts)
- pad work to practice technique
- stretching for greater flexibility
In addition I use many low-impact Pilates exercises to aid those new or returning to impact sports. It is an invaluable training tool to improve strength, balance and flexibility and bring greater self-awareness of the body's mechanics, and it perfectly complements the more physical side of taekwondo.
About the instructor
Hello, my name is Tamsin and I have been practicing taekwondo for over 12 years - albeit with a break of several years to start a family!
I came to taekwondo fairly late, having never tried martial arts as a child. I've lost count of the times I've joined a gym, only to lose interest and quit after a few months, but after university I discovered a friendly club with a wonderful teacher - and found a sport I loved and could stick at.
I am now a 3rd Dan black belt and a qualified instructor with the BTC (British Taekwondo Council), and continue to train and assist with teaching at my local Leicester club.
I am passionate about the sport and the benefits it can bring to women and girls of all ages and abilities. Why not come along to one of our friendly classes and see for yourself?