The World Tang Soo Do Association is filled with talented girls and women. Our woman masters
are an example to the entire martial arts community! Martial arts training is not just for boys.
The same great benefits and skills should be obtained and learned by both boys and girls.
Due to gender roles in the media and society as a whole, many girls do not feel they are valued
and oftentimes do not feel they deserve to be treated well. These girls in particular need the
positive reinforcement and confidence our training provides.
One of the central tenets of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus
on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification
that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Our kids
are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline and perseverance are.
Boosting Socialization Skills
Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to
get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers
who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not always have much
common ground, but devotees to the martial arts are able to get to know one another
through shared pursuits. By working with their classmates on drills, they
build camaraderie with other students.
Encouraging Physical Activity
Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch
and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive
child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary
lifestyle he’s used to, but also gives him an enjoyable activity that inspires
him to keep moving.
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 class.
Instilling a Sense of Respect
Learning Tang Soo Do 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. Through dicipline and positive reinforcement, we
teach our kids the importance of respect.
Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if
your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact,
we teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills
and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
Improving Listening Skills
In order to master the skills he’s being taught and advance through the belt ranks,
your child will have to exercise superior listening skills. Kids who aren’t always
adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can benefit from the
verbal instruction and one-on-one work in the studio.
Improvement in Other Areas of Life
The benefits of Tang Soo Do training do not end in the studio. The boost in confidence,
increased fitness level, leadership skills, 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.