TAEKWONDO can be a fun, educational, and healthy way for children not only to keep physically fit but also to learn respect and how to understand and resolve conflicts peacefully. But this can only happen when Taekwondo is taught as a whole endeavor.
Physical self-defense can only properly be taught in the context of self-understanding, which is, helping young people avoid and resolve conflict before it becomes a physical confrontation.
These skills, of conflict avoidance and resolution, need to be taught together with conflict management, that is, mental self-defense together with physical self-defense. This enables young people to use their brains as a first line of defense to cope with being bullied, without having to resort immediately to physical means.
Physical self-defense skills give Taekwondo students the confidence not to fight and therefore to use mental skills first. Taught in this manner, Taekwondo can be a valuable way for young people to acquire important social skills, skills that will naturally make for healthier and more peaceful relationships.
Taekwondo is not only kicking and punchingbut more importantly, at the Kim’s Martial Arts School, we are committed to teaching our students the life skills that will help them succeed in any endeavor they may choose to do.