Most forms of martial arts are based around an accomplishment system of colored belts that signify the wearer's degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he's learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals.
Confidence comes with achievement, so your child's self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he masters and every belt he earns. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they're enrolled in a martial arts class.
Learning any Songahm Taekwondo will require your child to show her instructor unflinching respect. Today's kid culture doesn't always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When she goes to her Songahm Taekwondo class, though, your child will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.
Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a phsyical altercation.
Whether he's breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that your child does in his martial arts classes that will be done on his own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.
The benefits of martial arts training don't end in the classroom. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect his behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on him as he develops into an adult.
Purity of white.
The student has no knowledge of Songahm Taekwondo and begins the journey with a clean (pure) slate.
Sun is rising.
The student sees the beauty of the art but has not yet experienced the power of the proper technique.
Sun appears yellow.
The student begins to understand the foundation of taekwondo as they rise upwards toward the sun.
Hide among the trees.
Realizing their progress and potential, the student must now begin to spar in order to promote in rank.
Pine needles are forming.
The student's technique is starting to develop power and basic movements are beginning to work in unison.
Coming to the mountain.
Reaching higher levels the training becomes more difficult, creating a "mountain" that must be overcome.
Upward towards the sky.
Having passed the mid-way point, the student now focuses his/her energy upward toward black belt.
Roots growing in soil.
At this point the student has mastered many basics moves and has developed deep roots in taekwondo.
Sun is setting.
The physical skill has been developed but lacks control. Physical and mental discipline must be achieved.
Sun breaks through night.
The sun sets and the student must begin a new phase of training; that of being a black belt student.