Lisburn Taekwondo (BT27): If you'd like to learn to defend yourself, boost your confidence, enhance your self-respect and strengthen your mind and body, an ideal activity to get involved in is Taekwondo. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this more contemporary martial art has grown in popularity.
Taekwondo is an ideal sport for children in Lisburn, because it teaches self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical aspects make it more suited to younger people. Older adults may find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly fit and active. Carrying their Taekwondo experience through into older adulthood should not however be a problem for those who start when they are younger. If you are less agile you could always try something a bit softer such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
With its beginnings in 1940's Korea, Taekwondo is certainly one of the more recently developed of the martial arts and involves mainly kicking moves such as head kicks, fast kicking methods and spinning/jumping kicks. It began when schools called "kwans" were established by a group of Korean martial artists in Seoul, South Korea.
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.
For many people in Lisburn, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that has the most appeal. And in these days of increased violence, especially in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this features high on people's list of priorities. It is a key factor of Taekwondo that you can become confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time learn to respect others and learn self-restraint.
Your First Taekwondo Class: If you've never done Taekwondo before, you might be intrigued to know what is likely to happen on your first class. Most Taekwondo schools in Lisburn follow a similar structure, but there could be variations to the following. A warm up of 15-20 minutes to increase heart rate and loosen your muscles, some technical training covering some hand attacks, kicks, stances and blocks, an introduction to some forms (Poomse), a few ideas on sparring including timing, movement and the targeting of attacks, and finally a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Lisburn Taekwondo classes aren't just intended for folks in Lisburn but also for students from Hillsborough, Annahilt, Lambeg, Crumlin, Glenavy, Moira, Dunmurry, Dromore, Upper Ballinderry, Dundrod, Mazetown, Waringsford, Blackskull, Ballynahinch, Saintfield, Drumbo, Finaghy, Carryduff and other Northern Ireland areas.
Safety Gear: In all matches, events and competitions being staged under the auspices of British Taekwondo, safety gear such as hand guards, a blue/red head guard, a mouth guard, shin guards, a groin guard, blue or red body armour and forearm protectors is mandatory. The kicking tactics used in Taekwondo can cause injury and this all helps to make the sport safer for its competitors.
: Hillsborough Taekwondo, Glenavy Taekwondo, Finaghy Taekwondo, Crumlin Taekwondo, Mazetown Taekwondo, Drumbo Taekwondo, Moira Taekwondo, Blackskull Taekwondo, Dundrod Taekwondo, Waringsford Taekwondo, Dromore Taekwondo, Upper Ballinderry Taekwondo, Carryduff Taekwondo, Ballynahinch Taekwondo, Dunmurry Taekwondo, Lambeg Taekwondo, Saintfield Taekwondo, Annahilt and more Northern Ireland Taekwondo clubs.
Taekwondo BT27 region.