Friday, January 30, 2015

Kids Karate and Taekwondo Classes

How do you know if your child is ready for taekwondo, martial arts, or karate classes?  Is your child two or older? Do they have energy and want to run and jump?  Do they follow you or their older siblings around, wanting to copy you and be like you?  Are they working on motor and listening skills?  Any of these signs – even just meeting the age requirement – could mean that children's karate or taekwondo classes will be a great fit for your child.

The tiger classes at Colorado Taekwondo Institute are specifically designed to meet the changing physical, emotional and cognitive needs of the 2-5 year old student.  Our 30 minute classes offered twice a week will encourage and instruct your child in many ways.

Proud mother of her martial arts childThe benefits of starting your toddler in kids karate or tiger taekwondo classes range from improved motor and listening skills to respect for others and themselves.  The directed and disciplined tiger taekwondo classes will have an impact on your child right away.  From the initial bowing before entering the class itself, the taekwondo instructor has the attention and interest of the children.  Everything done in the tiger taekwondo class follows a routine, and improves the attention, focus, discipline and skill of every student on a consistent basis.  The motto of Colorado Taekwondo Institute, “ho shin,” which means “self-control, self-defense,” puts the emphasis correctly on controlling one’s self before anything else.  The tigers may work the hardest at learning to control their rapidly changing bodies; but it is a skill which takes a lifetime to master.  Following directions and paying attention are the primary focus of tiger classes.  Within that framework, children learn to stretch, punch, and kick; while learning respect for authority, patience, and discipline.

Kids’ karate or taekwondo classes for older children offer even more benefits, often seen more quickly to take effect.  In Colorado Taekwondo Institute, our students aged 5-10 are designated as juniors.  Our junior classes are 1 hour long, also twice a week.  Junior taekwondo students apply the benefits of taekwondo to other aspects of their lives, especially school and studying.  The focus and concentration applied in taekwondo to master a new self-defense technique or improve a block is the same skill that can now help them in studying for a test or preparing a paper.  Students in kids’ karate, martial arts and taekwondo often do better in school than those students not involved in similar activities.  The “ho shin” principle is applied here also, and the junior students, with the increased skill in martial arts over the younger juniors, know there is an increased responsibility in maintaining their self-control.

Whether your child is two or twelve, childrens karate or taekwondo classes are a great way to channel their unending energy, focus them on achieving goals, create life-long learners, and improve their self-esteem.  Each student learns techniques and skills at their own rate, and their instructor knows well how to encourage them to continue to improve to earn that next belt or complete a new poomse, or form.

The mission of the Colorado Taekwondo Institute is, "To encourage world-class leadership through educational excellence and Moo Sul Kwan martial arts traditions”.  Our passion has always been to develop black belts with leadership and teaching skills who make meaningful contributions at the family, school, and community levels.  More than ever, after thirty years of excellence, we believe that we can be the best at providing an education-based martial arts program that develops students into champions.

Our dynamic classes provide the best in martial arts lessons for toddlers, kids, teens and adults. For more information about the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, the five metro area locations, and the schedule of classes most suitable for your child, go to or give us a call at 303-428-5377.

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