Taekwondo St Helens
St Helens Taekwondo: If you've been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your mind and body, boost your confidence and learn to defend yourself, Taekwondo could be just the thing for you. A more modern martial art, Taekwondo was first developed in the 1940's and 50's in Korea.
Taekwondo is an ideal sport for children in St Helens, because it encourages self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical elements make it more appropriate for younger people. Seniors who are not all that active and fit might find it a tad too taxing. Quite a few of the older adults who do Taekwondo in St Helens, got involved in the sport when they were younger. If you are less nimble you could always try something a bit less strenuous such as Tai Chi or Yoga.
Taekwondo is one of the more recently introduced of the martial arts, with its origins in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts devotees in Seoul established some schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. The main focus of Taekwondo, as it ultimately became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, in particular spinning/jumping kicks, head kicks and fast kicking methods. Nowadays St Helens Taekwondo classes adhere to this tradition.
Taekwondo has become really popular in St Helens and all across the globe, with more than 60 million students worldwide. Joining your local Taekwondo club or class in St Helens is a good way to get involved with this activity which is now an Olympic sport. Whilst the likelihood of you reaching Olympic standard are pretty slim, there is no reason at all why you cannot master this thrilling martial art.
Of all the many benefits of learning this sport, it's the self-defence aspect of Taekwondo that the people of St Helens consider most interesting. And if you consider the increased levels of violence in town centres these days, this is not surprising. However, respecting others and having a good deal of self-restraint goes hand in hand with the self-defence principles of Taekwondo.
Your First Taekwondo Lesson: If you haven't done Taekwondo before you will likely be a little anxious as to what you should expect on your first class. Most Taekwondo schools in St Helens follow a similar routine, but there might be some variation to the following. A 15 to 20 minute warm up to loosen your muscles and increase your heart rate, some technical training comprising some kicks, stances, blocking techniques and hand attacks, a look at forms or patterns, a look at sparring including movement, timing and attack targeting, and lastly a warm down to prevent muscle spasms and cramping,
British Taekwondo is the governing body of the sport within the UK, and membership of this organization is compulsory if you would like to join any Taekwondo club in St Helens or nearby.