Through Taekwondo Sparring kids gain self-confidence and a greater understanding of themselves
Is your kid shy and lacking in self-confidence?
Does your child know how to cope with failure and set-backs?
Through taekwondo sparring kids learn to face up to their weaknesses.
And turn them into strengths.
Does your kid tend to be shy? Or lack self-confidence?
Shy kids find it hard to cope with confrontation. Teasing in the school yard can ruin their day. And a threat from a bully can lead to melt-down.
Through taekwondo sparring kids learn to face up to confrontation.
They learn how to stand in a ring and face someone who is trying to attack them. (And believe us although tkd sparring is controlled it is still frightening and confronting.)
Good martial arts instructors build up childrens' sparring skills slowly. So at first tkd kids face a couple of kicks in a drill.
And in time they build up to full sparring bouts lasting around 1-2 minutes.
And through their sparring training children learn not to panic.
Not to run away.
And not to turn their backs.
But to stand up tall and face their aggressor.
To think clearly under huge pressure.
And to hit back with in a measured way with self-control.
Of course there are inevitable knocks, set-backs and tears along the way.
Tkd kids are well padded up in tkd sparring gear. But the odd bruise is part of the territory. (Serious injury in kids sparring is highly unlikely)
When kids get a knock it's easy for them to burst into tears and give up.
But over time sparring kids learn not to let the situation beat them. They find strong spirit and determination inside themselves.
They learn to take a deep breath
And clear their mind of negative thoughts
And keep going.
And the end result of coming through these these barriers and fighting these battles...
...is massive increases in self confidence, self esteem, and overall mental toughness.
Suddenly the taunts of the school bully seem less of a problem!
As parents and fellow martial artists we are incredibly proud of Leah. Leah finds taekwondo fighting very difficult.
She finds the confrontation of taekwondo sparring scarry and difficult. And she's cried many, many tears in dojangs over the years.
But she doesn't give up.
She keeps training.
She keeps taking on the challenge.
And she keeps fighting.
And she faces taekwondo sparring with incredible spirit and determination.
She doesn't always win the fight.
But it's not about that.
It's about doing your best.
And not letting the situation beat you.
And enjoying the self-confidence that comes from that.
does your child know how to deal with failure?
Through sparring kids learn to deal with success and failure. Your child might be naturally good at taekwondo sparring. And enjoy some early success.
But if your child enters competitions they will eventually come up against an opponent who is better than them on the day. And they will lose.
For a very confident child who is used to success, this can be very tough to take.
It can be very hard for them to handle themselves in the face of failure.
The adrenaline rush of competition makes it difficult to stay calm.
And they can feel very upset and very low.
Many children quit at this point.
But when your child fails...
If they learn how to stay humble.
Reflect on what they did well.
And get back to training with determination and good humor.
Then they learn a very important life lesson.
And they grow stronger in the process.