10 Reasons Martial Arts Benefits Kids www.kennymyers.com
Fostering Self-Discipline – One of the central tenets of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is.
Boosting Socialisation Skills – Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not always have shared common ground, but devotees to the martial arts are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. Partner-driven forms like Taekwon-Do can also foster camaraderie, as they force kids to pair off and build their skills together.
Encouraging Physical Activity – Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle she’s used to, but also gives an enjoyable activity that inspires children to keep moving.
Learning to Set and Achieve Goals – Most forms of martial arts are based around an accomplishment system
of coloured belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt,valuable lessons are being learned about setting and reaching goals.
Increased Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move mastered and every belt earned. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class.
Instilling a Sense of Respect – Learning any martial arts style will require your child to show her instructor unflinching respect. Today’s kid culture doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When attending Taekwon-Do classes, though, your child will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.
Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behaviour is justified if experience of it only comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasise the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
Improving Listening Skills – In order to master the skills she’s being taught and advance through the belt ranks, your child will have to exercise superior listening skills. Kids who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in the dojang.
Developing Teamwork Skills – Whether he’s breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new manoeuvre, there are few things that your child does in his martial arts classes that will be done alone. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.
Improvement in Other Areas of Life – The benefits of martial arts training don’t end in the dojang. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on him as he develops into an adult.
The Kids Taekwon-Do programme is for younger students who wish to participate in martial arts. Its’ intention is preparatory and helps develop the skills required to eventually participate in the more challenging senior classes. Our goal as instructors is to teach the following aspects of Taekwon-Do in a fun and interactive way.
The Student Oath
I shall observe the tenets of Taekwon-Do
(Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control,
and Indomitable Spirit)
I shall respect the instructor and seniors.
I shall never misuse Taekwon-Do
I shall be a champion of freedom and justice
I shall build a more peaceful world
• Class Procedures
• Basic Hand and Foot Techniques
• Basic Self Defence Techniques and Awareness
• Korean Language
• Social Interaction Skills
We have developed workbooks that allow each child to work at there own pace and be rewarded whenever they are ready to grade.
Visit our DOWNLOADS page were you can view the techniques workbooks that the children work from.
Your Children are welcome to come along and try out the classes at no charge to see if they would like to join.
'empowering students with skills and values through the art of Taekwon-Do, building a more peaceful world'.
Taranaki Taekwon-Do 1993 to 2016
If you are looking for something different in your life that offers
Self Defence, Fitness, Flexibility, Confidence, Friendship, A sense of belonging, And most of all a fun place to be with quality instruction then come along and give us a try you have nothing to lose.