CLASSES for young children are being started by a martial arts club in Bognor Regis.
Strike Taekwondo is launching the sessions from 5.45pm-6.15pm on Wednesdays for those aged from three to five years.
The classes take place at the club’s usual meeting place of West Meads Community Hall at The Precinct.
They will provide an ideal introduction to martial arts for younger children and provide a chance to learn an Olympic sport. They will also benefit from boosting their confidence by mastering the ancient technique.
One of Strike Taekwondo’s current members is Melissa Ayhan, 12.
She said: “I always wanted to learn a martial art since I was six and I really like Taekwondo.
“It’s really fun and I really like the sparring battles.”
The club opened in September 2015 and benefits from an instructor with 25 years experience and success in many competitions.
Natalie Cabrera, who helps to run the club, said: “Our lessons are varied and we try to be as engaging as possible.
“Although we like it to be fun, it also disciplined encourages good behaviour and confidence.
“Our lessons are fitness based and include sparring, padwork for kicking techniques, games which help with stamina, reaction times, learning patterns and the students progress through gradings, or exams, to higher belts.”
The club’s sessions for older members take place for children at 6.15pm-7.15pm and for adults at 7.30pm-8.15pm.
The first lesson is free for all ages for those who want to try out the technique.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial arts which dates back at least 2,000 years.
In taekwondo, a system of attacking and defensive movements incorporating punching, kicking and blocking techniques as well as differing stances is carried out in a set sequence and is referred to as Poomsae.
These basic movements bring together all the martial art skills in a graceful yet powerful manner.
Poomsae forms a significant part of the promotion process in takewondo. Practitioners must be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the arrangements before they can progress to the next rank.
Like many martial arts, taekwondo has ranks, called Kup.
Anyone who would like to join Strike Taekwondo can contact the club through its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/striketaekwondobognor