Birkenhead Taekwondo: If you're looking to take up a new activity that will enable you to build your confidence, strengthen your mind and body, enhance your self-respect and learn a bit of self-defence, you should give some thought to Taekwondo as a possible candidate. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Because of its somewhat more physical aspects, Taekwondo is maybe more suited to the younger person in Birkenhead and is particularly appropriate for children as it's great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults might find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Birkenhead at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. Tai Chi or something similarly softer might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. This mix of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some innovative new schools in Seoul called "kwans", founded by a group of Korean martial artists. The main focus of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially jumping/spinning kicks, rapid kicking methods and head kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist". These days Birkenhead Taekwondo classes comply with this tradition.
Popular around the world Taekwondo now has over sixty million practitioners. Signing up for your local Taekwondo club or class in Birkenhead is a great way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst noone would seriously expect you to reach Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in Birkenhead.
Of all the numerous benefits of doing this sport, it is the self-defence element of Taekwondo that the people of Birkenhead find most alluring. You shouldn't be surprised by this, when you bear in mind the high incidence of violence seen in today's city centres. In actual fact one of the main benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst exercising a degree of self-restraint and having respect for others.
Hopefully, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you will never need to apply your newly learned skills to defend yourself.
Your First Lesson: If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you will be wondering what will happen. This will vary from class to class but will usually entail some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up, a bit of technical training which will involve learning some kicks, stances, blocks and hand attacks, some work on patterns or forms (Poomse in Korean), a few tips on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and finally a warm down to stretch muscles and loosen up.
Taekwondo Kicks: Among the best known Taekwondo kicks you will learn initially include: Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi).
The United Kingdom governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you would like to join a Taekwondo club in Birkenhead, you will also be required to become a member of this organization.