Taekwondo (Korean) - tae means "to strike or break with foot"; kwon means "to strike or break with fist"; and do means "way," "method," or "art." Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as "the art of the foot and fist" or "the art of kicking and punching." Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. - wikipedia
|Photo from WTF website|
For our boy, taekwondo is it. Since summer of last year, my boy has been attending basic taekwondo classes twice weekly. We purposely enrolled him to help build his confidence, improve his focus and discipline, and channel his hyperactive tendencies in a more productive manner. If you have a kid with similar challenges, I highly recommend this sport. Hubby and I have already accepted the fact that he is not the athletic type, and he knows it too! :) He has more creative inclinations with impressive musical and artistic skills, but clearly lacks the physical coordination required to excel in most active sports. Martial arts and swimming are our best bet. Well, he still has hesitations swimming in a "big" pool, so we went with martial arts. Fortunately, there's a taekwondo gym close by and he was willing to try, so basic classes began.
|Courtesy bow to the masters|
The initial impression we gathered from other parents upon learning about our boy taking taekwondo is that this form of martial arts is "aggressive", he might go into fights, or he might hurt his sister. On the contrary, taekwondo promotes focus, respect, discipline, and self-control, as with the other forms of martial arts. The teachers also help students build the skills and power, and of course, there's that fighting and confrontation aspect for self-defense and competition. It's all in the methods and techniques. Taekwondo is actually considered "a way of life" in Korea. And what from I've been seeing at the gym, the masters are really dedicated to inculcate these practical values in the students as much as teaching the skills for the sport.
|The boy and Master Kim|
|From Yellow to Blue, with Master Instructor Kim Hyo Jun|
The purpose of Taekwondo Training: Correct Values. Robust Body. Confident Life
Practical Goals of Taekwondo Training
1. Decent Life
- Formation of correct values in life and practice of etiquett
- Cooperation and foster community spirit in the spirit of service
- An active lifestyle full of courage and confidence
- Solid growth and development in a systematic physical training
- To exercise reasonable balanced body shape
- A healthy body, (for) strong spirit (to) prevail
- Recognized by the world Taekwondo
- Ability to overcome violence and accidents
- Outstanding leadership in school and social life
|The youngest student -- my girl also tried it out!|
Here are demos from one of the classes. Even my little girl enrolled for a 1-month session! :)
Read more about Taekwondo here: http://www.wtf.org/wtf_eng/site/about_taekwondo/taekwondo.html
* SUMMER CLINIC begins on MARCH 21, 2011 * 90mins. morning sessions * P5,000 and up/week
Joyland Taekwondo Gym
2/F The Promenade (same building as Santi's Deli)
Wilson corner P. Guevarra sts.
San Juan City
Tel.: (632) 570-9690
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Regular Class Rates (Mon-Fri):
2x/week = P3,000 (8 sessions/month)
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