Taekwondo

7 Reasons Why Introverts Should Try Taekwondo

Taekwondo is one of the worlds most famous martial arts. Originating in Korea, it has spread worldwide to the point that it is now part of the Olympics.

Self-defense is a bonus, but the previous lessons in this list had much more impact on my day to day life.

And I’m here to tell you fellow introvert that introverts should try Taekwondo.

Whether you are a keyed up kung fu fan or someone who doesn’t know a flying kick from a horse stance, there are many reasons to take up Taekwondo.

This is especially true for us introverts. I speak from experience, having taken up martial arts in my late teens.

I gained so much from it and it really changed my life. It taught me to reason, problem-solve and above all, to believe in myself. I particularly lacked self-esteem growing up, but martial arts helped me tackle this and grow as a person, both physically and mentally.

I cannot recommend it enough! If that’s not enough to convince you, let’s break it down into 7 reasons you should definitely try Taekwondo.

There WILL be other introverts there who will understand:

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I was very shy in my classes when I started, and for the first few lessons I barely said anything to anyone.

However, I found that throughout my time at the gym I met many others who felt the same, and we eventually talked and bonded.

Now, while I’m not saying everyone at the gym was introverted (you get all kinds of personalities), finding people you have something in common with is always helpful.

It led to many friendships and an expansion of my social circle. Plus, the inevitable extroverts you find there will probably reach out to you.

Who knows, maybe you’ll make a friend where you least expected one to be.

Friendships with fellow introverts are definitely a good reason introverts should try Taekwondo.

Exercise and flexibility: Taekwondo is all about kicks

Health is a great reason for introverts to try Taekwondo.

Taekwondo specifically has incredible health benefits. It’s a discipline mainly focused on the use of legs, although arms are also incorporated.

This means that your flexibility is worked on and improved, your strength and coordination fine-tuned and in general your fitness will skyrocket.

Such benefits are great as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.  It’s an efficient way to get fit while ticking all these health boxes and can help with body positivity.

Confidence

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Taekwondo is a great way of developing confidence for those that struggle with it.

You are in a controlled environment, learning skills that will fulfill and engage you. You will become your best self.

There’s absolutely nothing better for developing confidence. You will then see positive effects on other aspects of your life such as work and friendships.

On a personal level, it developed my public speaking and confidence to perform. Occasionally, when you are ready and not before, you will practise forms in front of classmates and maybe audiences.

This is a very effective way of developing your presentation skills, and is a great reason introverts should try Taekwondo.

Now, I can speak in public with no nerves and even dance at events such as weddings and so on (I am a horrendous dancer, so this is quite an achievement).

Mental health

A very important reason introverts should try Taekwondo is to do with mental health.

Taekwondo and other martial arts are just as much about developing you mentally as they are about developing you physically.

Not only in terms of confidence, as previously mentioned, but also in terms of balance and equilibrium in your mind.

Martial arts are combative but also about calming and focusing on tasks at hand.

Concentration skills are a big part of this, but this also means that you can learn to understand your own mind and reach states of calm more quickly and with less effort.

Of course, there’s also the added benefit of endorphins that are released in the body when we exercise.

This is a healthy and constructive way of improving your mental health.

It will also give you the opportunity to focus on something new if you have any particular thoughts of worry or doubt.

Goal setting

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Another reason why introverts should try Taekwondo are the belts and levels of discipline and progression.

Using these, you can set goals for yourself and work towards achieving them.

The importance in life overall of having goals and set objectives cannot be underestimated, and Taekwondo is a great place to learn about and focus on this skill.

It maybe you choose to set your next belt as your goal, or you may decide to work on a particular move. Or you may want to achieve a particular degree of strength or flexibility.

A good instructor will help you with this.

With hard work, you will become much better than you think you can be!

Like anything else, the more time you put into training the more you will get out of it. You can then apply this mentality to things in other areas of life.

Essentially, you will develop a ‘can do’ attitude, and a positive outlook on life and adversity.

Community

By joining a Taekwondo class, you become part of a supportive and nurturing community. Do some research in your area by simply googling ‘Taekwondo near me’.

You can look at some gyms (there will probably be a few choices!) and see which one suits you or is most convenient for you.

Consider looking for reviews of those who have attended and maybe put in a phone call to the gym beforehand to help you get a feel for the place.

Any decent gym will be supportive and happy to receive your call. They’ll be eager to incorporate you into their community.

Who knows, you may get the chance to enter competitions and go on trips around the country.

This, of course, will be optional and not compulsory.

Either way, you’re likely to make firm friends and become part of a network of people much larger than yourself.

As an introvert, it can sometimes be hard to feel you belong anywhere (believe me I’ve been there), but taking up Taekwondo could change that.

Self Defence

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I’ve put this one last because while Taekwondo can give you the skills and tools needed to defend yourself,  and as any decent teacher will tell you they are skills that should only be used as a last resort.

However, the fact that you know how to handle yourself and deal with certain situations is going to put a certain bounce in your step.

When I took up martial arts, the first 6 points of this article impacted me significantly, but I was lucky enough to be involved in very few real-world fights. Instructors will always advise that Taekwondo and martial arts, in general, are for self-defense purposes only.

However, it does give confidence in that you know that you can take a hit.

After all, sometimes in life that happens.

As Rocky Balboa says “It ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit.”

Self-defense is a bonus, but the previous lessons in this list had much more impact on my day to day life.

Anyway, these are so many reasons to take up Taekwondo or any other martial art discipline.

DO some research and see what’s available near you, what disciplines may interest you, and find out about the community aspects of dojos and gyms. Good ways to do this are by either dropping in for a visit or ringing them beforehand.

Still a bit apprehensive?

Try asking a friend to join with you, and then you can learn and progress together.

But if you’re more of a solo learner go for it! You will find a Taekwondo gym to be an open, friendly place, where everyone is working towards achieving their own goals.

Chances are you will pick up a few friends and fit into an awesome network of people quickly.

To get all that while getting fit and healthy both in mind and body means that introverts should definitely try Taekwondo.

Google it now and see what’s near you!

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