Castlereagh Taekwondo (BT6): A Korean martial art that was developed during the 1940's, Taekwondo has continued to grow in popularity since then. If you would like to boost your confidence, enhance your self-esteem, learn some self-defence techniques and strengthen your mind and body, Taekwondo might be just the activity for you.
Due to its rather more physical aspects, Taekwondo is perhaps more suited to the younger person in Castlereagh and is particularly suitable for children as it is great for developing self-discipline and respect for others. Older adults may find it somewhat too demanding unless they are particularly fit and active. However those who take up Taekwondo in Castlereagh at a young age will find they can easily carry it on into older adulthood. The less agile of you might consider something softer like Tai Chi.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. This mix of various martial arts techniques were practiced in some new schools in Seoul called "kwans", established by a group of Korean martial artists. The focus of Taekwondo, as it later became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially head kicks, rapid kicking methods and turning/jumping kicks. Now Castlereagh Taekwondo classes stick to this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Castlereagh and with over 60 million others worldwide. Joining a local Castlereagh Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even featured in the Olympic Games since the Sydney Games of 2000. While the chances of you getting to Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this thrilling martial art.
People in Castlereagh take up Taekwondo for many purposes but it is the self-defence aspect that interests most. And its no great surprise that this is high on people's list of priorities when you take into account the ever increasing incidence of violence seen nowadays in city centres throughout the UK. Being capable of defending yourself is a key principle of Taekwondo, but this is balanced by learning self-restraint and a respect for others.
Your First Lesson: If Taekwondo is not something that you've ever done before, you will doubtless be wondering what to expect from your first class should you decide to sign up. Different Taekwondo schools in Castlereagh have different ideas about this but roughly; you will take part in a 15-20 minute warm-up, you will do a bit of technical training, you will learn some forms, you will practice sparring techniques and finally you will warm-down to get your body back into a state of relaxation.
Castlereagh Taekwondo classes are not only intended for the people of Castlereagh but also for devotees from Carryduff, Ballgowan, Belfast, Dundonald, Comber, Hannahstown, Dunmurry, Lisburn, Moneyreagh, Drumbo, Crossnacreevy, Newtownards, Ormeau, Saintfield, Finaghy, Andersontown and other nearby locations.
Taekwondo Forms (Patterns): Forms are a key element of Taekwondo and are essential if you are to master this fascinating martial art. Some basic forms must be learned at the beginning and more complex forms must be mastered in order to progress through the various belts. A Taekwondo form is characterized by various aspects such as technique, direction and stance.
Taekwondo Belts (Promotion): The belt and ranking system can get rather confusing in Taekwondo because there is no standard system throughout the various Taekwondo styles. Similarities do exist though and typically there are two distinct belt groupings, signified as "juniors" (colours) and "seniors" (black dans). The number of rankings in the junior group varies across the styles but is commonly between 8 and 12 belts, while the senior group normally has 9 belts or dans.
Taekwondo for Beginners: With any sport or activity we have to start somewhere, and Taekwondo is no different. Even the topmost Castlereagh Taekwondo masters were complete novices at one point. So, what can you expect as a complete beginner at Taekwondo? Beginner classes should give its students enough training to teach them the basics and allow them to gain confidence as they progress. The perfect beginners class should be fun as well as educational, when people are having fun they are more engaged and will learn faster.
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Taekwondo near BT6 district.