Summer is nearing its end and families are gearing up for school with their list of school supplies, clothes to buy, and fall activities to sign up for. Parents are having the important conversations with their kids to learn what classes they’d like to take. Whether it be taking music lessons, playing a sport or joining a club.
If your schedule allows time for your child to participate in a sport, we highly recommend signing them up for Taekwondo. Taekwondo (TKD) is the most widely practice for of martial arts in the world. With a strong focus on character development, self defense and proper technique, many families use Taekwondo as an alternative to traditional exercise for their kids.
There are many benefits to enlisting your child in a local Taekwondo School, some of which are perfect for school-aged kids. Here are five ways Taekwondo will help your child in school:
Improve Their Grades
Children need physical aerobic activity to promote the growth of new neurons in the brain, which can help improve your child’s IQ and performance in school. Taekwondo also increases blood flow and the chemical levels of dopamine and nor epinephrine in the brain, which helps children think and focus in the classroom.
Encourage Safe Self Defense
Children learn important self-defense skills in Taekwondo because it helps teach them how to grapple their way into a dominant position or escape an uncomfortable position, all in a safe environment.TKD gives kids the self defense lessons they need to feel confident in themselves during a compromising situation without having to punch or kick another child.
Promote Leadership and Drive
Enrolling your child in a TKD school boosts the self-confidence and leadership qualities they need to thrive in school. Children in TKD learn leadership skills through the training they go through to be promoted to a higher rank. This environment for promotion helps a child understand setting goals to move up in their education, future career, and more.
Establish Fitness Habits
According to the American Heart Association, one in three American children is overweight or obese. Don’t let your child become a statistic. Exposing your child early on to TKD will help them stay fit and maintain a healthier lifestyle. TKD is also an excellent way to build strong bones and muscles.
Help Create Friendships
Letting your child enroll in a TKD School will help them create life-long friendships. There is a special bond between members as they learn new skills and grow in their TKD journey. Members spend time kicking or punching during class, but also spend plenty of time off the mats conversing and sharing their life together through rank promotions, traveling to tournaments, or other team activities. Many children in TKD say that the best part about joining a gym was the friendships they made along the way.
Overall, we hope you enjoy the end of summer with your kids and consider signing them up for a Taekwondo class this Fall. You won’t regret it!