Carrickfergus Taekwondo (BT38): If you have been looking around Carrickfergus for some ideas for a new hobby, you might want to consider Taekwondo as a possibility. Practising this skill will enable you to strengthen your body and mind, learn some self-defence techniques, bolster your self-respect and build your confidence. This relatively modern martial art only came into being in Korea during the 1940's and 1950's.
Because Taekwondo has quite high physical demands, it is perhaps more suited to the younger generation in Carrickfergus. 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 kicks, rapid kicking methods and spinning/jumping kicks.
Popular globally Taekwondo now has over sixty million enthusiasts. If you would like to get involved in this activity, which is now an Olympic sport, heading along to a Taekwondo club or class in Carrickfergus is a good place to start. While reaching Olympic standard may be beyond you, there's no reason why you can't still become a Taekwondo master.
A key aspect of Taekwondo is self-defence, and of course this is one of the main reasons that people in Carrickfergus 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 Northern Ireland 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 Carrickfergus nowadays.
These self-defence techniques may at some point come in handy in the outside world, although it is more likely that you will only be using them within a monitored class environment. However it's a nice feeling knowing that you can always defend yourself if you need to.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you have never done Taekwondo before you may be a little concerned as to what to expect on your first class. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. A 15-20 minute warm up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles, some technical training involving learning some stances, hand attacks, blocks and kicks, learning some forms (or Poomse), an introduction to sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to relax and stretch tired muscles.
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organization is compulsory if you want to sign up with any Taekwondo club in Carrickfergus or nearby.
The Benefits of Taekwondo: You will probably be interested to learn about exactly what sort of benefits might be gained by attending Carrickfergus Taekwondo classes and participating fully in its activities. You can expect to: Empower your body and mind by accelerated physical coordination and mental discipline, Better self-discipline by comprehensively training your mind and body in the tactics and principles of Taekwondo, Lessen anxiety by doing deep breathing exercises, Beef up your confidence by encouraging you to take control of your life and succeed, Increase self-esteem by elevating your mental and physical fitness, Learn self-defence techniques by helping you to identify situations where self-defence may be required, and enabling you to control these kinds of circumstances in your favour, Augment stamina, agility and flexibility through extreme cardiovascular effort.
Taekwondo Forms (Poomse): Taekwondo forms (also known as patterns or Poomse) are identified by certain facets such as direction, stance and technique. From the outset you will learn some of the basic forms, and in order to progress through the grades (belts) you will need to learn some more advanced ones.
Taekwondo for Beginners: Students starting out on their Taekwondo adventure in Carrickfergus will at first sign up for a beginners class. Beginners classes are great, because there is no pressure and everything is done at a slow, relaxed pace. Learning and having fun are the main aims in the beginning and students who are having fun tend to learn much faster and absorb more of what they are being taught. Even Taekwondo masters started out as clueless novices, so take that first step and who knows where you will end up!
Carrickfergus Taekwondo clubs can normally offer you Taekwondo patterns, Taekwondo etiquette, Taekwondo for seniors, Taekwondo for adults, Taekwondo kicks, Taekwondo for self-defence, Taekwondo sparring, Taekwondo for beginners, Taekwondo stances, Taekwondo forms and more in Carrickfergus, .
To Summarize: We can pretty much guarantee that if you take up Taekwondo you will gain self-confidence, make more friends and improve your fitness levels. If that is all you get out of it, then all well and good, you can call it a success! We aren't all striving to be Jade Jones's or Lutalo Muhammad's, but those of you who are need to start with the first step. Good luck on your journey!
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