Taekwondo St Helens
St Helens Taekwondo (WA11): If you've been thinking of taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to learn a bit of self-defence, strengthen your body and mind, bolster your self-respect and build your confidence, Taekwondo could be a good choice for you. Since being developed in Korea during the 1940's, this relatively modern martial art has continued to grow in popularity.
It has to be said that Taekwondo can be quite physically demanding, which might put off the older and less agile people in St Helens from taking this up. To be fair, the most common participants of Taekwondo classes are children and the younger generation, but certainly older people who are in good physical health can easily take part and get benefits from this activity.
Taekwondo started in Korea in 1945. A group of Korean martial arts fanatics in Seoul established some new schools called "kwans", where they practiced a combination of martial arts techniques. The emphasis of the discipline was on kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking styles, head kicks and spinning/jumping kicks, and it was later given the name; Taekwondo, meaning "the way of the foot and fist".Today St Helens Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo has become very popular in St Helens and all around the world, with over 60 million practitioners worldwide. Since the Sydney Games (2000) Taekwondo has been an Olympic sport and if you want to give it a go, joining a local St Helens Taekwondo club or class is a good way to get involved. While nobody would expect you to get to Olympic standard, you can certainly be one of the best Taekwondo exponents in St Helens.
For many people in St Helens, 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 Class: If you have made up your mind to learn Taekwondo and are heading to your first class, you will be wondering what will happen. This will vary from school to school but will usually involve some or all of the following. An initial warm up lasting fifteen to twenty minutes, a little technical training which will involve learning some hand attacks, stances, kicks and blocks, some work on forms or patterns (Poomse in Korean), a few ideas on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and lastly a warm down to prevent cramping and muscle spasms.
Taekwondo Kicks: Taekwondo is recognized for its powerful kicks, listed here are the basic ones: Roundhouse Kick, Whip or Hook Kick, Side Kick, Push Kick, Axe Kick, Front Kick, Crescent Kick, Back Kick.
The Many Benefits of Taekwondo: There are of course many benefits to be had from doing Taekwondo and here are just a few that may be of interest to you: Turbocharge agility, flexibility and stamina through extreme cardiovascular work-outs, Strengthen your mind and body by way of increased mental discipline and physical co-ordination, Help with self-defence tactics by helping you identify occasions where self-defence might be necessary, and empowering you to manipulate such situations to your advantage, More discipline by extensively training your mind and body in the techniques and doctrines of Taekwondo, Enhance concentration and self-esteem by raising your mental and physical fitness, Reduces stress and anxiety using advanced breath control, Boost your confidence by pushing you to seize control of your life and succeed.
Taekwondo Patterns (Forms): Mastering Taekwondo will involve learning many disciplines and one of the key parts of Taekwondo is its forms (also called Poomse or patterns). These are sequences of stance, direction and technique which need to be memorized in order for pupils to progress through the various dans (belts/grades).
Taekwondo for Beginners: Even the very best exponents of Taekwondo in St Helens had to start as novices, so it is no shame to be a complete beginner at Taekwondo, or any other activity for that matter. The aim of a Taekwondo beginners class is to teach a few basics, increase confidence and build a solid foundation for the future. Most important of all is that it should be fun, students having fun will learn quicker and be better engaged.
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