Lisburn Taekwondo: If you have been looking around Lisburn for some ideas for a new hobby, you may want to consider Taekwondo as a candidate. Practising this sport will help you to build your confidence, enhance your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body and learn to defend yourself better. This more modern of the martial arts was developed in Korea just after WW2.
Whilst not wanting to discourage any specific age group, it has to be said that Taekwondo is more suited to younger people in Lisburn, being fairly physically demanding. Its encouragement of self-discipline and respect for others make it especially appropriate for children. Unless they are particularly active and fit, older adults may find it too physically challenging. However people in Lisburn who take up Taekwondo at a young age, will find that carrying it on into older adulthood isn't a problem. Something a bit less demanding like Tai Chi might be more suitable for the less nimble of you.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. Some innovative new schools called "kwans", merging various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts. Taekwondo, which it ultimately became known as, mainly involves kicking movements, in particular head-height kicks, rapid kicking methods and turning/jumping kicks. Nowadays Lisburn Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Popular around the world Taekwondo now has more than 60 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 Lisburn is a great place to start. While you might not aspire to Olympic competition, there is no reason why you cannot become a master of this fascinating martial art and have some fun in the process.
Folks in Lisburn take up Taekwondo for numerous reasons but it is the self-defence aspect that appeals to most. This isn't hard to believe when you think about the elevated levels of violence experienced in town and city centres day after day. The ability to defend yourself and at the same time respecting others and exercising self-restraint is one of the primary benefits of Taekwondo.
With a bit of luck you'll never be required to use your newly learned Taekwondo skills for defending yourself outside of your local club environment, however it's good to know they're there if you need them.
Your First Lisburn Taekwondo Class: If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are preparing for your first class, you will be curious about what will happen. This may vary depending on which Lisburn school you go to, but will generally include the following. A fifteen to twenty minute warm up, some technical training covering some kicks, hand attacks, stances and blocking techniques, a look at some Poomse (or forms), a look at sparring including good movement, timing and attack targeting, and to round off a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks: There are numerous different Taekwondo kicks, here are just a few of them: Hook or Whip Kick (Huryeo Chagi), Roundhouse Kick (Dollyo Chagi), Front Kick (Ap Chagi), Crescent Kick (Bandal Chagi), Push Kick (Meereo Chagi), Side Kick (Yeop Chagi), Back Kick (Dwo Chagi), Axe Kick (Naeryeo Chagi).
The governing body for Taekwondo in the UK is British Taekwondo and any individual wanting to join a Taekwondo club in Lisburn must also become a member of British Taekwondo.