Look Before You Leap
Before going to the mat, discuss your interest in tae kwon do with your doctor. Then tell your instructor about any health-related issues you have, sharing your doctor's input. It's also important to stretch and warm up adequately before and after each class.
Classes. If you're interested in getting started, contact your local YMCA or fitness center or a martial arts school, if there's one in your area. Ask if you can observe a class before you make any financial commitments.
Here are some things to consider:
- Is the instructor certified by a martial arts association?
- Do the instructors encourage the students' progress?
- Do the classes warm up, stretch and work out safely?
Smart exercise. Remember that tae kwon do is exercise. If you're new to it, you will use muscles that have probably been inactive for a while. If you experience soreness, inform your instructor, follow his or her guidelines and you'll find that soon you'll be able to keep up with the class.
Motivation. Once you discover how exhilarating tae kwon do can be, you'll have no trouble keeping motivated. The exercises yield results quickly, which inspires students to continue working out and learning new moves.