An excellent way to help your young person mature and become better prepared for life is to let them take Tae Kwon Do. This sport offers much more than just a self-defense program. It also equips them by giving them many good personal qualities that few sports programs can provide, including self-discipline.

The Self-Defense

Tae Kwon Do originated in Korea as a fighting art. Students learn to use their whole body and to gain control over it as they practice and spar with kicks, hands, elbows, and knees. There is a strong emphasis on foot skills.

A Goal of Peace

The goal of the continuous practice of movements and drills is to develop the body, the soul, and the mind. Unity of the three, along with inner peace, is necessary for proper execution of the moves, and that peace is to be brought to their communities, as well.

What many people do not know is that it also was designed to help bring peace to the world through its message. Someone who trains in this martial art is strongly encouraged never to misuse it, and always seek to encourage peace where possible. The aspect of being prepared for an attack, just in case, helps young people to be ready.

Other Benefits

Besides just learning self-defense, students can also get in shape. This will enable them to lose weight, become more flexible, and develop stamina. The exercises will also help them become healthier, and there is an emphasis on eating healthy. There will also be a reduction in stress, which will help them sleep better.

As they learn the various techniques and do them, they will become more self-confident. This encourages them to face new challenges in life – and to get control over them. Coordination is also increased. The self-discipline will help them to listen better in school, and will improve their grades.

Respect for Others

Another important lesson that your young person will learn in a martial arts class is respect for others. Most kids need to learn this, and you can be sure that they will learn it in class, where it will be emphasized over and over.

They also learn that when someone speaks to them harshly, or critically, or even threateningly, that it is not grounds to use martial arts. They are taught to always seek peaceful solutions first, which helps them to gain strong self-control.

Youth Need Self-defense Today

Learning self-defense is a good idea for both guys and girls today. Girls need to be able to get out of difficult situations or to stop attacks. Guys need to learn it to be able to protect their future families. The self-control and inner peace will help them to stay calm under pressure and enable them to perform well through life.

The Amerikick Martial Arts gym teaches Tae Kwon Do to youth. Our instructors are trained and certified. Help your kids to get started toward a better life today. We invite you to drop by our Staten Island location and talk to our instructors for answers to your questions.

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Our Kids Karate Classes Develop:

Focus

From the very first class, your child will learn the importance of eye contact, posture, and active listening skills that will benefit them not only in Karate but at home, on the playing field, and of course, at school. Both teachers and parents often notice the dramatic difference in children who study the Martial Arts. Your child will be more focused with school and homework.

Self-Control

When confronted, a child’s first option should be to get away; fighting should be the very last resort. It is a myth that the Martial Arts fosters aggressiveness in children. On the contrary, with continuous training, there are natural increases in a child’s confidence, discipline and self-control.

Self-Discipline

The Martial Arts instills discipline in students by requiring full attention in class, refraining from unruly behavior, the importance of arriving on time and being prepared. Students are also taught to follow instructions and not interrupt instructors. Kids are expected to keep uniforms and other items clean and organized.

Self-Confidence

Many parents enroll their children in Martial Arts to boosts their confidence, self-esteem and feeling of self-worth. Kids put forth their best effort, defend themselves, recognize their own potential and believe in their abilities. Because of their own efforts, there is a feeling of pride with each rank advancement.

Respect

Nothing does a better job at teaching the “old school” values of respect and courtesy. Martial Arts training teaches children to answer in a respectful manner to instructors (“Yes Sensei” or “No Sensei”), bow when entering and leaving the dojo, tag hands before sparring, stand straight before class begins and raising hands to answer or ask a question.

Goal Setting

At a very early age, Martial Art students are encouraged to set long term goals. The most obvious goal is reaching the rank of Black Belt. The Martial Arts instills indomitable spirit so children never give up on their dreams. Learning to set goals encompasses the life experiences of a Martial Arts student.

Fitness

“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.” (CDC, 7/2013). “Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.” (Flegalet al., 2012). We hear about it all the time. Did you know that in many cases, the bad lifestyle habits that lead to obesity start in childhood and can get worse over time? Fortunately, the Martial Arts help families avoid falling into these statistics by teaching healthy lifestyles and fitness early on. The Martial Arts improve flexibility, endurance, balance, agility, strength and motor skills.

Self-Confidence

Many parents enroll their children in Martial Arts to boosts their confidence, self-esteem and feeling of self-worth. Kids put forth their best effort, defend themselves, recognize their own potential and believe in their abilities. Because of their own efforts, there is a feeling of pride with each rank advancement.

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