When I was pregnant, I read that children involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to go to college. Right then I knew I would encourage my daughter to find something that held her attention and she loved doing! She takes swimming lessons and Tae Kwon Do. Swimming was not her choice but it’s an essential life skill I feel strongly about her learning. Taw Kwon Do was all her choice. It was important to me that she picked her own path not lived in the shadow of her parents. We are thrilled she has picked Tae Kwon Do!
Benefits of Taekwondo
- Ability to defend yourself
- It’s a social activity
- Goal setting & discipline
- Increasing your self-esteem
- Cardiovascular health
- Bettering your focus
- Increase your flexibly
- Making you happier and a better person
- Strengthening your muscles
- Relieving stress
- Learn respect for authority and life
- It’s good for your brain. New research has found that practicing martial arts is good for your brain. The benefits are not just physical, but mental also.
- Learning the ability to fail – Part of the instant gratification problem is that it has created a generation that is afraid to fail. Students in Taekwondo will fail at some time. They may get kicked in the head gear by a sparring partner, drop a weapon, lose at a tournament, or not pass a belt testing. Allowing children to fail in a safe environment lets them see that failure is not an end, but the beginning of a great story. My daughter knows that “No” isn’t definite. Often it means not right now!
Martial Arts teach students to set “SMART” goals.
- Specific – set an exact goal
- Motivating – set a goal that motivates you
- Achievable – set a goal that you can accomplish
- Relative – set a goal that means something to you
- Trackable – have a timetable and ability to judge success.
I understand extracurricular activities can be expensive and a lot of people live on a budget but if you check places like your local YMCA, they often have programs that will assist with funding.