Many people contemplate getting involved in martial arts, but hesitate to do so because they do not know where to begin. Your best option will be to start with research. You really cannot go wrong with research, as it will provide you with everything you need to know about the types, accessibility, availability, and requirements.
As a beginner the first time you spar is likely to be one of the moments that you question if the sport is right for you, as even people who have just a few months more experience than you seem able to pick you apart at will. A massive part of this is that you’re just not used to the situation and are more prone to tensing up and flinching away from incoming shots.
If you’ve ever found yourself in a Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA or Muay Thai gym, then there’s a strong chance you’ll have seen the imposing line of heavy bags hanging along the edge of the room. Often worn on the outside, but still standing up to the regular punishment, waiting for you to give it your hardest shot.
In the latest of our brief history articles we’re going to take a look at Taekwondo – the Korean striking martial art known for its crazy spinning and head kicks. While only recently developed, it has quickly risen in popularity and has become an easily recognisable Olympic sport, as well as being utilised by MMA fighters such as Edson Barboza, Anderson Silva and Anthony Pettis.
Shane Fazen is the creator of the highly popular YouTube channel Fight Tips, which teaches self defence, martial arts techniques and fitness. He’s also the man behind online training website My Fight Gym. He’s a black belt in taekwondo, international pro muay thai fighter, and an amateur boxer, all as well as spending time coaching others.
We spoke to Shane to find out a little bit about his favourite gear and training advice.