Birkenhead Taekwondo (CH41): Developed during the 1940's in Korea, Taekwondo is a martial art that has grown in popularity in recent years. Renowned as a way to build your confidence, learn to defend yourself, bolster your self-respect and strengthen your mind and body, it has been taken up by millions of people worldwide.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Birkenhead. That is not to say that older people cannot participate in this activity, but simply that there may be other martial arts that are more suited to the less agile among us. Tai Chi would be the perfect example.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some new schools known as "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it eventually became known as, mostly involves kicking manoeuvres, especially head-height kicks, rapid kicking methods and jumping/turning kicks.
With over sixty million people participating in Taekwondo classes all around the globe, this has certainly become an extremely popular activity, and if you become really expert at the sport you might even one day qualify for the Olympic Games, of which it has been a part since the Sydney Games in the year 2000.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Birkenhead join classes and take up the sport. There has been a worrying increase in violent behaviour in recent years and this is especially prevalent in town and city centres around Merseyside and the UK in general. The beauty of Taekwondo though, is that it also teaches self-discipline and respect for others, not such common qualities in Birkenhead nowadays.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you decide to register for a Taekwondo class in Birkenhead, the first thing you will want to know is what will happen on the first class and what will the tutor be expecting of you. Different Taekwondo masters in Birkenhead will compile differing routines for this initial lesson but you can expect to do a 15 minute warm-up to get the blood flowing and loosen your muscles, learn a few forms (Poomse), cover some technical training (stances, kicks, blocks), do a bit of sparring, and lastly warm-down.
Birkenhead Taekwondo classes aren't only suitable for the people of Birkenhead itself but also for devotees from Liscard, Prenton, Poulton, Rock Ferry, Upton, Claughton, Prenton East, Egerton Park, Egremont, Moreton, Thingwall, Seacombe, Woodhey, Higher Bebington, New Ferry, Wallasey, Oxton and other Merseyside locations.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the United Kingdom, and membership of this organization is compulsory if you wish to sign up with any Taekwondo club in Birkenhead or nearby.
Taekwondo Patterns (Forms): Beginners in Taekwondo do not need to worry too much about forms (Poomse, patterns) at the outset but they will learn some basic ones to start with and progress to more complex forms as they move up the belts (grades/dans). A form is signified by certain aspects of Taekwondo including technique, stance and direction. Learning these sequences is an important part of mastering Taekwondo.
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Taekwondo near CH41 district.