Monday, August 5, 2013

Why Enroll Your Child In Taekwondo?

In a society, like ours, that adores violence in everything from the blockbuster movies like The Terminator series and television shows like Breaking Bad, the thought of getting your children enrolled in a martial arts class may not always seem prudent. But on the contrary it may be a surprise to know that martial arts’ training is actually very advantageous to children. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider getting you child involved in a martial arts school.

  1. Learning to Set and Achieve New Goals – Most forms of martial arts, including Taekwondo, are grounded around accomplishment. This center around accomplishment is shown through the system of colored belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child works hard toward each new belt, he or she is learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching their goals.
  2. Encouraging Respect – Respect is vital in learning any martial arts style. It will necessitate your child to show their instructor unflinching reverence. Culture in groups of kids in this day in age doesn’t always embrace respect for authority, adults, or those in a higher rank. When your child goes to their taekwondo class, your child will be learning lessons in respect along with new martial art techniques.
  3. Inspiring Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
  4. Encouraging Physical Activity – Limiting a child’s time on the computer or television is an excellent idea when it comes to getting kids outside and getting them more active. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding activity not only depresses the inactive regime they’re used to, but also gives them a pleasant activity that motivates them to keep moving.
  5. Increasing Socialization Abilities – Children who don’t always succeed in exceedingly social surroundings may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with people their age who share an interest. The children in the park may not always have much shared views, but enthusiasts to the martial arts are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. 
  6. Developing Self-Discipline – One of the essential canons of all methods of the martial arts is complete emphasis on self-discipline. Kids today are comfortable when getting immediate satisfaction 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.
  7. Boosted Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with accomplishment, so your kid’s self-esteem level will get a lift with each new move they master and each belt they earn. Kids who grapple with a small sense of self-worth typically develop added self-assurance as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class.
  8. Enhancement in Other Areas of Life – The paybacks of martial arts training don’t end in the classroom. The boost in assurance, improved fitness level and new collaboration abilities will also assist your child in navigating the academic and social facets of school.
  9. Developing Teamwork Skills – Whether your child is breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that your child does in his martial arts classes that will be done on his own. 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.
  10. Improving Listening Skills – In order to master the skills they’re 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 their respective dojang.

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