Belfast Taekwondo: If you would like to boost your confidence, enhance your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body and learn a bit of self-defence, an ideal hobby to get involved in is Taekwondo. This more modern martial art has rapidly grown in popularity since being developed in the 1940's in Korea.
Images of young children doing energetic kicks and rapid punching manoeuvres, are what come to mind at the mere mention of Taekwondo. While the younger generation might find the physical demands of Taekwondo easier to contend with, there is nothing to stop people of any age taking part. It should however be said that if you are relatively fit and agile you will definately get more enjoyment out of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. Some schools called "kwans", incorporating various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts devotees. The main focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking movements, especially head kicks, fast kicking styles and spinning/jumping kicks. Now Belfast Taekwondo classes observe this tradition.
Taekwondo has become really popular in Belfast and all across the globe, with over 60 million students worldwide. Joining your local Taekwondo club or class in Belfast is a great way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. While the odds of you getting to Olympic standard are rather slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this fascinating martial art.
The thing about Taekwondo that appears to most appeal to people in Belfast is the self-defence aspect of it. This isn't hard to believe when you think about the high levels of violence experienced in city centres day after day. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time respecting others and exercising self-restraint is one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo.
While it is useful to practice and master these self-defence skills in the controlled environment of your local Belfast Taekwondo club, with luck you will never need to use them in the outside world.
Your First Lesson: If you've just booked your very first Taekwondo class, you'll be wondering what to expect. Most Taekwondo schools in Belfast follow a similar pattern, but there may be some variation to the following. A warm up of fifteen to twenty minutes to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a little technical training covering some stances, blocking techniques, hand attacks and kicks, a look at some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down with muscle stretching and loosening up.
Anybody wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Belfast must also become a member of British Taekwondo which is the governing body of the sport in the United Kingdom.