We believe that a child’s
total well being, both psychological and physical, can be strengthened
simultaneously. While the physical aspects of exercise and martial arts
training improve your child’s general health, it likewise improves
emotional health with increased self-esteem and self-confidence as well
as decreased tension, stress, anxiety and depression. Our junior students are classified as under sixteen years old.
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South Bank Taekwondo...
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Here are just a
few of the benefits for your child:
Focusing and Listening – We know focus plays a key role in the mind-set of children who have limited attention spans at this stage in their life. Our program will build their attention span… teaching your child to focus on the task at hand while improving their listening and reaction skills at the same time. As a result, your child will excel in physical activity, improve their ability to stay focused, and become an astute listener in the dojang (training hall), at home and in school.
Teamwork and Positive Social Interaction – Teamwork is necessary for any young child to develop. It is at this stage in their life that they develop an understanding and a confidence in their ability to work with others. Our activity based curriculum and teamwork oriented environment, develops character and teaches your child that the more we work together in the dojang, at home and at school…the more we get accomplished.
Self-Control and Good Decision Making – Self-control refers to the training that one gives one’s self to accomplish a certain task or to adopt a particular pattern of behaviour, even though one is unfocused or would rather be doing something else. For example, when your child has learned to listen to mum and dad, pay attention in class while listening to the teacher instead of talking to his friend next to him, he has demonstrated the ability to self-control… while making the good decision to do so. As both parents and instructors, we work on this skill set every single day.
Balance and Posture – For many juniors, one of the skillsets that is often overlooked, but needs constant work and attention is balance and posture…basic skills necessary for almost any activity. Poor posture leads to cramped organs, improper breathing, and a whole host of other unhealthy bodily expressions. Our junior training program helps to build strong balance, healthy postures and balanced movement through the use of age appropriate forms and drills – often presented as a engaging game, to help developing students improve these fundamental skills.
Memorization and Retention – We utilize fun and effective memory and retention drills for Taekwondo and real world applications. Aside from Taekwondo etiquette, skill-based and technique driven retention, our memorization requirements include parents home and mobile numbers, emergency contact numbers and residential address retention. You’ll find in many cases, our students are pre-prepared and learn these life skills prior to being introduced to them at their school. Our program improves memorisation skills essential for well rounded student development and school academics in the near future.
Self-Discipline and Responsibility – Our instructors are masters at creating a vision for your child that self-discipline is fun and rewarding. We instil this vision through interactive and teamwork oriented games, drills and real world activities. Our age specific Taekwondo training techniques are used in correlation with a child’s household chore responsibility, their awareness to clean up after themselves and homework assignments accomplished in a timely manner. Your child will begin to improve their ability to initiate accountability, follow directions and take pride in doing the right thing.
Physical Fitness and Healthy Living – It is important for children to understand the importance of being healthy and physically fit at an early age. Being physically fit is a necessity for any martial artist but more importantly… The sooner we enforce this concept, the healthier your child will be now…and the less difficult it will be to stay physically fit as they grow older. We stress the importance of good eating while physical fitness activities are always fun and rewarding.
Coordination and Motor Skills – Children with strong bodies, fine tuned motor skills and physical coordination will have improved: general health, sports performance, as well as other physical activities such as dancing or bike riding. Our coordination and motor skills training will develop your child’s cardiovascular system, their muscular strength and will create a general kind of body awareness, which can only be gained from a whole body method of Taekwondo training. Your child will be more coordinated, less susceptible to injuries and be much more aware of their body and how to use it correctly.
Self-Esteem and Confidence Building – Our program improves a children’s self esteem through consistent positive verbal reinforcement. When kids work to earn their next belt level, not only are they learning basic world-class self-defence, they are building self-esteem and learning to feel good about themselves.
Stranger Awareness and Personal Safety – We talk with our junior students about home safety, traffic, fire safety, anti-drug, dangerous substances and strangers in an age-appropriate way. We can’t expect a three-year old to understand the subtleties of stranger awareness, but at this particular age, it is enough to teach them to stay by a parents side when out… and not to wander off. As your child gets older they will learn the difference between meeting someone new when Mum or Dad is present and being approached by a stranger when they are alone.
Self-Confidence – Nothing can take the place of the security in knowing that your child can defend themselves should the need ever arise…and your own child’s self confidence in knowing this themselves is immense.
(Source – Psychology Today, May 1985.)
Respect – One of the most important words in martial arts is respect. Students are taught to respect their instructors, each other, and themselves. Our instructors spend time in class discussing the importance of respecting school teachers and parents. Respect is often missing in many facets of today’s society. A child’s social behaviour should be directly linked to his or her progression in the martial arts class. It’s not just about winning, our program is about personal growth and becoming a better person.
Discipline, Behaviour and School – We have a lot of fun, but instructors will not tolerate excessive talking or goofing around in the school. Improved behaviour in the dojang often translates into improved behaviour at school. Improved behaviour at school often translates into improved grades. We want to make sure that our students are working on their technique, improving their behaviour at home, as well as improving their grades at school. We teach a very effective form of self defence and want to make sure that the right kids are learning it.
Great Physical Fitness while Battling Childhood Obesity – Did you know that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 25 years? The first step to preventing childhood obesity is addressing the problem before it occurs. If you catch obesity early on, there are ways to prevent your child from developing further health risks. If your child is already overweight, it is important to understand the psychological effects obesity has on children that are potentially more damaging than the physical side effects. We are dedicated to empowering your child with self-confidence while rewarding them with achievement. For children with low self-esteem issues, martial arts teaches confidence and self-discipline while providing engaging physical activity. The stamina and endurance children develop during training results in natural weight loss and an improvement in overall physical and mental health.
Anti-Bullying Education – Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behaviour that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Kids who bully use their power – such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information or popularity – to control or harm others. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumours, attacking someone physically or verbally and purposely excluding someone from a group. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may experience serious, lasting problems. Our anti-bullying approach is based on the principles of redirection and straightforward assertiveness. Students are taught to manage situations without the use of violence, learning ways to assess threats, redirect verbal assaults and mobilise the audience, which is a critical factor in empowering the bully.
Personal Attention – We know the impact a good instructor can have on a student. Our certified instructors are experienced, patient, enthusiastic and teach with a perfect blend of discipline and fun. Every student receives the personal attention they deserve.
Social Skills and Friendship – Making friends is an important part of childhood. We provide a positive atmosphere and orientate activities necessary to help young children make new friends, while teaching them the concepts of sharing, compassion and conflict resolution.