If you’re looking for an activity that does more than keep your kids busy after school, Taekwondo could be the perfect fit for your family. However, this martial arts sport is more than practicing a skill; Taekwondo also builds confidence and self-assurance that helps build foundations in multiple areas of your child’s life. Here’s what to expect as your preschool to teenager learns martial arts.
Progress is Celebrated
Taekwondo’s success is celebrated and recognized as students work their way up through several levels of distinctive skills and belts. Each belt signifies a level of training and competence before moving onto the next level. Depending on the Taekwondo school, a ceremony or public acknowledgment of the student’s advancement allows them to celebrate their success and incentivize them to keep going.
Kids Learn to Handle Challenging Situations
Taekwondo builds confidence in tackling life’s unpredictable challenges. After all, preschoolers to teenagers (and adults!) face lifelong obstacles, and learning Taekwondo is no different. However, the benefits go beyond knowing how to defend oneself and winning tournaments. During training, students are also put into situations where they need to strategize, plan, and exercise patience to gain skill or beat their opponent. Those same skills can be used to cope with challenging situations at school and beyond the Taekwondo mat.
Falling Down is Part of the Progress
Falling down and getting back up again is part of martial arts training and Taekwondo. Kids aren’t always naturally resilient and need practice to find their confidence. When you practice Taekwondo, stumbling and falling isn’t considered a failure and is embraced as part of the process.
Sure, falling down is never fun, but it usually bruises our egos more than anything else. Students spar with partners and challenge them to keep getting back up again and again to test their ingenuity and strength. Kids learn resilience and embrace stumbles as part of their journey to success.
Taekwondo Helps Kids Get Fit
Kids have fewer opportunities to be active than past generations and need an outlet to move their bodies more and exercise. Studies show that 80% of children between the ages of 11 and 17 aren’t physically active enough, which could lead to less confidence and more stress without an appropriate outlet.
There are several benefits of mastering Taekwondo, including improved muscle tone, strength, and stamina. Taekwondo builds confidence and self-esteem as kids develop a toned physique that comes from continued training. Depending on their goals, Taekwondo can also increase your child’s flexibility and boost their aerobic fitness, which could improve overall heart health
Socializing and Respect Is Part of the Training
Learning respect for others and socializing in a healthy way is part of growing up. Martial arts like Taekwondo may focus on individual achievement and focus but is also a highly social sport. Students are taught to respect one another as they learn the fundamentals of their craft.
During tournaments, students meet new people and have an instant bond and commonality with Taekwondo. There’s always something to talk about or practice with other Taekwondo enthusiasts, eliminating the social anxiety of being around new people.
Taekwondo Builds Confidence Through Self-Defense
Despite all of Taekwondo’s health, mental, and emotional benefits, the very nature of the training teaches kids self-defense strategies. They can confidently walk into a challenging situation and take care of themselves, which comes with a level of confidence many people don’t have.
Bullies aren’t confident, but our students are. However, martial arts also teaches humility, and our students are likely to stand up to bullies and control the situation instead of becoming one themselves.
Help your child take the next step to gain confidence and live their best life. Learn more about how Taekwondo builds confidence and our classes with a free private lesson with our experienced instructors at 973-832-4639.