Coleraine Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways to learn to defend yourself better, enhance your self-respect, strengthen your mind and body and boost your confidence, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. This more contemporary of the martial arts saw its beginnings in Korea just after the Second World War.
When many people in Coleraine think of Taekwondo, they imagine young kids doing energetic punching and kicking manoeuvres. There is no doubt that the younger and fitter generation are more equipped to cope with the physical demands of this high energy sport, but this doesn't mean that people of every age group cannot participate. However, in order to fully enjoy all the complexities of Taekwondo, it helps to be relatively fit.
The name Taekwondo was only coined in the 1950's, although the martial art began life in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial artists in Seoul established some innovative new schools called "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mostly entails kicking movements, in particular head-height kicks, rapid kicking styles and jumping/turning kicks. Nowadays Coleraine Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo has become very popular in Coleraine and all around the world, with over sixty million practitioners worldwide. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a try, heading along to your local Coleraine Taekwondo club or class is the best way to get involved. There isn't any reason why you cannot reach an advanced standard in this exhilarating sport, even if you don't have any desire to take part in the Olympics.
It would seem that the most attractive element of Taekwondo is self-defence. This is no great surprise when you consider the rising levels of violence seen in city and town centres these days. 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.
With a bit of luck you won't ever have the need to use your newly discovered Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, but it's great to know they are there if you need them.
Your First Class: If you've booked your first class but have not tried Taekwondo before, you might be wondering what to expect. The majority of Taekwondo schools in Coleraine follow a similar structure, but there might be variations to the following. A 15 to 20 minute warm up, some technical training including learning some kicks, stances, hand attacks and blocks, learning some forms (or Poomse), some ideas on sparring including movement, timing and the targeting of attacks, and to round off a warm down to loosen up and stretch tired muscles.
If you wish to join a Taekwondo club in Coleraine, you will also have to become a member of the sport's governing body, namely British Taekwondo.