Liverpool Taekwondo: If you are looking for ways that you can build your confidence, bolster your self-esteem, learn to defend yourself and strengthen your mind and body, you might think about taking up a sport like Taekwondo. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this more modern martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
While people of any age in Liverpool can obviously participate in Taekwondo, it is particularly suited to the younger generation as it can be rather physically demanding, children can especially benefit from its teachings of self-discipline and the respect of others. Older adults trying Taekwondo for the first time often find it too tough, unless they've continually kept themselves active. People in Liverpool who take up Taekwondo when they are young find it simple to continue when they get older. If you are less nimble you could always try something a bit less demanding such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently developed of the martial arts, with its beginnings in Korea in 1945. In Seoul, a group of Korean martial arts fanatics set up some innovative new schools which they called "kwans", practicing a mix of martial arts techniques. Kicking manoeuvres, in particular rapid kicking methods, head-height kicks and jumping/turning kicks are the primary focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known. Now Liverpool Taekwondo classes abide by this tradition.
The total number of Taekwondo enthusiasts globally, now exceeds 60 million. Joining your local Liverpool Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved in this sport which has even been included in the Olympic Games since the 2000 Sydney Games. While the chances of you reaching Olympic standard are quite slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this exciting martial art.
Of all the numerous benefits of learning this sport, it is the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of Liverpool find most interesting. This is not surprising when you consider the rising levels of violence seen in city and town centres nowadays. In fact one of the key benefits of Taekwondo is learning to defend yourself whilst respecting others and exercising a degree of self-restraint.
Even though you will take a lot of trouble learning these essential self-defence skills, with any luck you won't ever need to apply them apart from within your local Taekwondo club environment.
Your First Class: For those of you who've never done Taekwondo before, you'll no doubt be interested to know just what to expect from your first class. The following will give you an example, but this will vary subject to which Liverpool school you have signed up for. 15-20 minutes of warm up exercises to increase heart rate and loosen stiff muscles, a little technical training involving learning some hand attacks, blocks, kicks and stances, a look at some forms (Poomse), some ideas on sparring including good timing, movement and targeting attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.