St, Laurence's Parish Hall,
Lower Kilmacud Road,
Classes are held on Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm and on Saturdays 11am to 2pm. (Beginners 11am to 12pm, 9th Kup to Black Belts 12pm to 2pm)
Taekwon-do, or the "art of hand and Foot" is a Korean martial art which utilises scientifically devised hand and foot techniques to provide a unique system of unarmed self defence.
As well as the self-defence, Taekwon-Do also promotes well being and general health. The Taekwon-do training helps to strengthen and tone the muscles of the body. The low resistance high repetition movements develop a leaner, longer and more flexible musculature. The training serves as an invaluable tool for co-ordination, for improving flexibility, sharpening reflexes and controlling weight as well as increasing cardiovascular fitness.
Since the body sets it’s own limits the risks of injuries and strains are rare. During a session the entire muscle system from the fingers to the toes in the body will be engaged. Taekwon-Do training provides the student with an excellent method of self-defence. It enables the student to defend themselves against an attacker at close range as well as from a distance.
Some practising Taekwon-Do can prevent an attacker from striking or grabbing them by using the many kicking techniques available. If the attacker is able to grab them at a close range then there are a variety of close range techniques, which include releases, joint locks, pressure points, throws, and takedowns that the student can use. Therefore, a well-trained student will feel prepared to defend himself or herself and confident in any situation.
The philosophy of the art of Taekwon-Do can be summed up by the 5 tenets:
4. Self Control
5. Indomitable Spirit
Taekwon-Do classes are not only great fun it’s an extremely enjoyable activity, and a great way to meet new people and make new friends.