What is TaeKwonDo?
TaeKwonDo is the art of self defense that originated in Korea. It is recognized as one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world, reaching back over 2,000 years. The name was selected for its appropriate description of the art: Tae (foot), Kwon (hand), Do (the way).
How Does TaeKwonDo Benefit Your Child?
From focusing, to goal setting, to self-discipline, to self-respect – kids emerge from this program changed for the better. And their parents couldn't be happier.
To parents that have little experience with the world of martial arts, the entire sport can seem violent and dangerous for kids. Upon closer inspection, however, many find that their kids will reap an innumerable amount of benefits from participation in a martial arts training program. In addition to busting sedentary habits and getting kids in shape, martial arts instruction also helps kids learn these ten valuable lessons.
Determination and Dedication
In order to ascend through the ranks and earn new belts, kids that study the martial arts must exhibit dedication and determination. Learning to set and achieve new goals through hard work and dedication is one of the most valuable skills that a child can take away from martial arts training.
Helps To Learn How Manage Disappointment in Healthy Ways
No matter how dedicated he is or how hard your child tries, there's a good chance that he'll be disappointed by a failure to advance or a mistake that he makes during training. Rather than shielding your child from these feelings, you can use the opportunity as a valuable teaching experience, helping him learn to manage that disappointment in healthy ways.
How to Avoid Physical Confrontation
Action heroes in summer blockbuster films may attack their opponents with style and gusto, but real life just isn't like the movies. In reality, your child will be taught how to peacefully diffuse a volatile situation and to avoid physical force altogether unless it's absolutely necessary for defense.
Learning to Work With a Partner or As Part of a Team
Some martial arts styles, like jiu jitsu, will require kids to work with a partner to hone their skills and advance. Working together or as part of a team to learn skills and master their technique helps kids learn the value of teamwork, a principle that he can apply to any number of situations as he gets older.
Increased Social Skills
Even if your child doesn't choose a style that requires much work with a partner or group, the act of spending an hour or so each week with the same people and interacting in a controlled environment often helps shy kids come out of their shells.
Learning To Listen Effectively
It's impossible to learn proper technique and improve martial arts skills if you can't listen to the instructor carefully, which is why training in the martial arts can have such a strong impact on kids' listening skills as a whole.
Learning The Importance of Self-Restraint and Discipline
The basic tenets of all martial arts styles place a strong emphasis on discipline and self-restraint. Willful, stubborn kids that struggle with their impulse control can benefit greatly in the hands of a seasoned instructor.
Learning to Respect Authority Figures
Regardless of the style, a great martial arts instructor will command absolute respect from his or her young students. This respect for a particular authority figure can easily extend to a respect for authority in general, especially when the focus of classes emphasizes this concept.
The Importance of Confidence
Success is dependent upon confidence and self-assurance in so many areas of life, and it's imperative for kids to gain such traits. Mastering new techniques in martial arts training will help your child to become more confident and slowly gain faith in her abilities, making her more confident and self-assured in general.
The Benefits of Being Physically Active
The dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and the attendant risks of childhood obesity are well-documented, but all martial arts training will require your child to be physically active and fit. Learning the importance of a healthy, active body can inspire your child to make real changes in her lifestyle, helping to make her more focused on fitness and health in many areas.
These are just a few of the things that your child can learn from participation in Clemmons Family Martial Arts quality martial arts program. Before enrolling your child, however, it's wise to remember that not all dojangs are created equal. Just as it's smart to shop around for the best area dance instructor or sports coach, you should also make an effort to locate an instruction facility in your area that has a strong reputation and a focus of kids' programs.
Q: Will TaeKwonDo make my kid violent?
No way! In fact, TaeKwonDo makes kids calmer and more respectful than ever. Martial arts always has been about peace, and it always will be.
Q: Do kids get injured in TaeKwonDo?
Sometimes. But the truth is, injuries are very, very rare here. We have a lot of measures in place to keep your child perfectly safe. In fact, safety is our #1 concern.
Q: My child isn't athletic. Can he/she still participate in TaeKwonDo if he/she is not athletic?
Absolutely. TaeKwonDo teaches kids to be coordinated, flexible and strong. Kids who don't naturally have these qualities develop them. Kids who do have these qualities grow them even more.
Q: Is TaeKwonDo fun for children?
Absolutely! In fact, kids usually have to drag their parents to TaeKwonDo class - something parents are always shocked to see. We have our serious moments here where kids work and learn... but we have just as many moments where they goof off and have a blast!
Q: Will martial arts training take away from my child’s focus on schoolwork?
Definitely not. We like CFMA students to make a long-term commitment to martial arts, but we also teach that schoolwork and family obligations are a first priority. In fact, we see many students improve their grades after starting a martial arts program. Martial arts helps students improve their focus, motivation, sense of responsibility, and self-discipline.
Q: Will TaeKwonDo improve my child's confidence?
Yes! TaeKwonDo is a powerful source of confidence for kids. They practice hard and learn techniques in order to advance through the ranks. And as they advance, they fill with pride. After all, they're the ones doing all the work - so they feel all of the accomplishment whenever they learn a new move... achieve a new belt... or get praise from their fellow students and instructors.
Q: How old should my child be to start TaeKwonDo?
Usually at 6 years old. Classes are customized to suit children of different ages. A teenager receives very different treatment than a 6 year old, for example.
Q: Is TaeKwonDo boys only? Or can girls participate as well?
Our TaeKwonDo classes have been, and always will be, for boys AND girls! Every class has a good blend of the two as well. In fact, girls often get the hang of it sooner than boys as they're naturally more flexible.
Q: What should I wear to my first class?
For your first class you should wear comfortable clothing, such as sweat pants and a t-shirt. If you already own a uniform from another martial art, you are welcome to wear that with a white belt