What are the benefits of taekwondo for children today?
After all taekwondo is a traditional Korean martial art.
And what could the benefits of taekwondo for children possibly be in today's world?
The potential benefits of taekwondo training for your kids are.
Quite simply. Massive!
Meet a World Youth Champion- Kaelyn Whaley
Wonder what its like to be the best of the best in martial arts as a child?
Here's a chance to learn what that journey is like first hand from 16-time World Naska Champion Kaelyn Whaley.
Kaelyn started martial arts at the age of 4 and has never looked back.
Now training with the big boys in San Diego California at USA Freestyle Martial Arts as a black belt, Kaelyn strives for balance in mind, body and spirit.
And we've seen them first hand.
Like physical fitness. And weight control. Increased concentration span. Learning respect for others.
And huge increases in childrens self confidence and self esteem.
All while the kids have fun.
Firstly. It's great to see fit children. Who are a healthy weight.
Many of today's children are overweight. Because they are inactive. And eat high energy foods.
We think that human bodies are built for exercise. And children are meant to exercise. To run. And jump. And get out of breath.
And one of the huge benefits of taekwondo for children. Is that the kids enjoy the physical exercise.
They exercise their whole body. From top to toe. And gain all round physical fitness.
And they want to keep coming back for more!
For young boys especially. The tough physical training allows them to let off steam.
They love kicking and punching under controlled conditions.
But they also learn about self-control.
And how taekwondo has to stay in the Dojang.
And they learn from great role models.
Fit, healthy, controlled taekwondo instructors and senior students.
And what about taekwondo for girls?
Being fit and healthy gives girls a positive body image.
And learning to face confrontation and fear and powering through wooden boards develops self esteem and self confidence.
And through this training. Children in taekwondo get physically and mentally stronger. Which helps them in daily life.
Which brings us to another of the huge benefits of taekwondo for children. Taekwondo isn't just a physical training. It's a mental training.
Taekwondo kids learn complicated movements. Which help their concentration and memory. And they learn to coordinate their bodies.
Children in taekwondo learn discipline. They learn to do as they are asked. And they gain the self-discipline to keep going when training is tough.
We remember the change in one girl. She was from a very troubled background. And as a result had with severe learning and behavioral disorders.
At first she disrupted each class with tantrums. And refused to do as she was asked. And she had the attention span of a flea!
But in time. Through training in taekwondo. She gradually started to concentrate better. And to play up less.
And eventually. She became a very good tkd student. And a role model for the younger kids.
It was so lovely to see the change in her.
Another of the benefits of taekwondo for children is that there is great emphasis on respect. And courtesy.
Taekwondo kids learn to respect their instructors. Respect each other. And in time they learn to respect themselves.
They learn to be polite to everyone. Even people they may not like. Which we think is a great skill for them to take with them into adult life.
Kids in tkd also learn the power of perseverance.
They learn that if something is difficult. But worth achieving.
Then for them to achieve it. They have to keep trying.
They have to face failure.
And get over it.
And pick themselves up.
And try again
And eventually they get it!
And the sense of achievement and pride is fantastic to see on their smiling faces! It's a great boost to their self confidence and self esteem.
And that's another of the great benefits of taekwondo for children.
Training in taekwondo boosts self confidence and self esteem.
We've seen children become more sure of themselves. And gain the confidence to speak in front of the class.
Or perform a difficult pattern in front of a grading panel.
They develop the confidence to teach. And to nurture the younger kids. And in doing so they learn patience and kindness.
And over time. We've seen taekwondo kids develop into calm, self-assured young people. Quietly confident in themselves. With high self esteem.
And why's that good?
Well. People with high self esteem are less likely to get involved in destructive behavior like drug taking or alcohol abuse.
And that quiet assured self confidence means that they are less likely to be bullied at school.
Another of the massive benefits of taekwondo for children.