|05-18-2012, 09:59 AM||#1|
Dances with spaniels
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Denial - UK
Tae Kwon Do TKD
TKD is popular in the UK, as are martial arts generally: the organisation I belong to TAGB has about 20K members.
I'm 50 so need to keep in shape. Am a red tag (then red, then black tag then BB) after about 2 years - another 2 years to BB: then the fun really begins ! The requirement to do about 8 classes a month means regular training and a steady improvement in fitness.
I highly recommend TKD for general fitness. Also good for competitive types as there are regular tournaments. My daughter & I are at the Welsh open this weekend - sparring & patterns. Patterns being Kata in karate I believe. Not that we are very competitive but it gives you a objective to get fit & go for glory!
Any tips from those that have competed in sparring welcome. My daughter & I are doing 'point stop' sparring - i.e score points & stop & start again. Which is tricky as good technique can mean you loose easily without really getting going. 2 minutes a match. Usually about a dozen in each weight class.
Men do not stop playing because they grow old, they grow old because they stop playing - Oliver Wendell Holmes
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