I would like to help you understand the benefits of Taekwon-Do for children, so that I can help you make the first step towards joining Parallax Taekwon-Do. Here are our 5 D's:
A Taekwon-Do school is a place that defines boundaries, requires focus, and encourages the best from everyone. In many martial arts traditions including Taekwon-Do, students of all ages must show a level of respect (often bowing) to their peers and instructors, such a simple gesture sets the tone for the structure of the classes. It serves as a reminder to everyone that Taekwon-Do requires focus, respect, and self-restraint - all things that qualify as excellent life skills. At Parallax Taekwon-Do, an ethos of respect, understanding boundaries and discipline create an atmosphere that students catch onto quickly. Additionally, many parents note an improvement in their childs behaviour at home once their child begins practicing Taekwon-Do, this added take-home bonus only increases the value of every class your child takes!
Unlike many team sports, Taekwon-Do students have the ability to set measurable personal goals. This individual responsibility helps students understand the cause & effect relationship of practice & improvement. Many martial arts traditions as in Taekwon-Do, use a coloured belt system of ranking. Each belt represents a certain level of proficiency and often requires some test or qualifying examination to obtain. Seeing other students wearing higher-ranking belts often compels kids to strive for the next level. Not only does the belt system fuel determination, but it also develops the childrens ability to push themselves beyond their limits.
One of the benefits of Taekwon-Do for kids is the variety of ways that students will improve. You will see a near-immediate growth in your childs physical, mental, and social skills, many times by the end of their first class! While most parents expect the benefits of the fitness & self-control aspects of Taekwon-Do, many are surprised at the positive improvement in social interactions they see in their children. Learning how to show respect, treat people right, and calm their emotions are all great skills. And also to learn how to deescalate troublesome situations, rather than get caught up in an ill-planned altercation at school.
Unlike youth basketball or swimming lessons, your child will learn to punch, kick, block, and more. However, the very nature of Taekwon-Do is defensive, making sure that your child knows how to protect themselves from a stranger, or any other situation where running away may not be an option. That all being said, the benefits of Taekwon-Do for kids is that it redirects their natural impulses toward aggression and channels them in constructive, helpful, and beneficial ways. Taught correctly, learning Taekwon-Do teaches humility rather than bravado or bullying.
Taekwon-Do challenges kids in useful ways. They will be challenged to dedicate themselves to press on in their pursuit of the next level of achievement. Whether it is passing a hands-on test while the student's instructor grades them or demonstrating proficiency to graduate to the next belt colour, kids learn to stick it out even when it's hard. In a world of instant-gratification, Taekwon-Do teaches children real grit & perseverance- skills that can only be developed by overcoming obstacles & pushing through hardships.
ENCOURAGE YOUR SON / DAUGHTER TO TRY A CLASS- EVEN IF THEY ARE NERVOUS!
Just like brushing their teeth or tying their shoe laces, life skills such as courage are acquired through experience. Children with shy tendencies may not grow up to be confident, they need to be given the chance to flex their "bravery muscle". To help encourage your child, feel free to come along and watch a class, or even have them bring a friend for support and join in! They will not look back.