TAE KWON DO, THE MARTIAL ART THAT ORIGINATED IN KOREA, IS PROVING HUGELY POPULAR IN ENNISCORTHY. AMY MCALISTER REPORTS
THE Tae Kwon Do school of Enniscorthy is the only one in the area. With a group of mixed black-belt instructors, the school works well. It teaches students to defend themselves if the occasion should arise. The school teaches the students confidence and self-esteem. It helps the students to become better people. It is a nice environment to be taught in and the instructors are there to help should we have a problem.
The TKD school is not the only one of its kind as there are others around the country. Tournaments and other events are held at different locations and are open to the various schools. Our school teaches the students Korean (for the patterns). We do not learn the complete language but only what is needed for the different moves. The classes consist of a pattern (a sequence of moves), sparring (padded fighting), holds (for us to get out of) and power (to break an inch of wood).
The classes start at seven in the evening and finish at eight thirty. The classes may be long but it is packed full of interesting topics and a variety of new experiences.
There are roughly thirty students in the school with more joining on a regular basis. There are five instructors (varying in grades) that help teach the class. The instructors are very kind and are willing to help the students learn their new criteria for the next grading. I would recommend joining the class for the new experience.