Now before anyone starts getting all fired up, let me start by saying that team sports are great. Learning how to be part of a team is a good experience for children, and they can definitely learn some valuable skills out on the court or field. But, I’m here to tell you that Taekwondo training is the best activity that you could have your child in. And here’s why:
- IT’S NOT REALLY AN ACTIVITY, IT’S A WAY OF LIFE
It’s no secret that martial arts is more than just kicks and punches. Parents around the globe have started seeing that disciplines like Taekwondo or karate increase their child’s; focus, confidence and self-awareness. As your child trains, you will see them develop strong habits and self-discipline. And what parent doesn’t want that?
- THE INSTRUCTORS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED
Here’s another disclaimer before I get into hot water: There are some excellent coaches out there. But when you are learning Taekwondo you are being taught by a skilled black belt (or at least you are when you are at Impact Taekwondo!) Those instructors have been training for many years and they know what it takes to truly be a leader. They will guide your child and help them grow into the kind of martial artist they want to be.
- THERE ARE NO BENCH WARMERS HERE
One of the pitfalls of team sports is that the players who are the best get to play the most and tend to get the most attention during practice. It’s understandable, the coaches want the team to win. But in Taekwondo, it is all about the individual. Because the only one that you are competing against is your own personal best, that puts the emphasis on self-improvement. Each child gets to shine as they climb through the ranks and find out what the black belt journey is all about.
- SMALL GOALS SNOWBALL INTO BIG GOALS
It all starts with your white belt. Your very first goal is quickly achieved! And then from there you focus on what it takes to get your yellow belt. Skills develop, and occasionally you get to see the black belts and how skilled they are. You know you want to be like them someday, so you make that your goal: To be a black belt. It’s a long journey, but there are plenty of victories along the way! With each belt you see your focus, power and speed grow. As your confidence builds, so does your ambition. And then one day you earn that black belt, and then realize the next goal is to be a master. Happy, but never satisfied!
- THE UNIFORM
Sharp and bold, especially with the aforementioned black belt. What could be cooler?
Brando Loomis is Lead instructor at Impact Taekwondo. His energy and enthusiasm helps make classes rock. A Fourth Degree Black Belt and Master instructor Brandon makes sure that every student realizes they CAN go just a little bit further, that they CAN do a little bit more. Brandon can be reached at email@example.com