To be physically fit does not mean that you are able to run the London Marathon or go nine rounds with the Heavyweight Champion of the World. It is simply the ability to function efficiently and effectively without injury, to enjoy leisure, to be healthy, to resist disease, and to cope with emergency situations. Physical fitness is commonly defined as the capacity to carry out the day’s activities, pursue recreational activities, and have the physical capability to handle emergency situations.
In Taekwon-Do, it is important to keep up the appearance of being at one’s fittest, even when one tires, as it is at the perceived weakest point that an enemy will strike, be it a bully, mugger or simply a competitor.
Flexibility is the range of motion or movement in a joint or joints and depends largely on how supple the muscles are. Good flexibility gives freedom of movement and the ability to change the body’s position to avoid danger or to allow a person to carry out their daily activities with minimum bodily discomfort. Children tend to have more flexibility than adults, but with repeated exercise, the smallest amount of increased flexibility can make huge changes to your life and to your lifestyle.
In Taekwon-Do, we teach stretching exercises and breathing techniques that will not only increase your flexibility but which will also help you to relax, help with your respiratory system and will also help reduce your feeling of fatigue and of stress.