Successful kids in Taekwondo have parents who help to motivate them.

Your kids will get bored of Taekwondo.

Everyone will go through periods where they lose interest. For most this happens around green-blue belt. This is perfectly normal. It’s even called the “Blue belt blues.” Taekwondo is hard. Becoming good at these skills requires repetition of basic movements over and over until the body learns it. As instructors, we try to disguise this repetition so that students won’t be bored. But it happens to everyone.

At this time, it is important for the parents to step in and help the children with perseverance. We live in a culture that is fixated on immediate gratification. We expect everything to be accomplished just the way we want it and we want it done yesterday. This is very dangerous. This kind of attitude leads to people dropping out of school, making bad financial decisions (i.e., buying things they can’t afford), or just giving up on things when the going gets tough.

Children will do things for the moment and sacrifice the future. Most kids would stop going to school, never take a bath, or eat candy for every meal if their parents let them. It’s the parents’ job to make the kids do things that will help them in the future. In fact, that’s one of the fundamental differences between children and adults.

It is very important that kids learn early on that achieving important things requires sacrifice, and sacrifice over time. Childhood is the best time to learn this. Parents have invested a lot of time and money in Taekwondo and parents don’t want to see their kids lose interest either.

What can you do:

• Recognize that this is only temporary. Often it just takes a new belt, a new form, a new friend in class, or a great tournament to get back on track.
• Adjust the training schedule. Often burnout comes from kids attending too many classes. Other times, kids who attend too few classes will lose interest as they aren’t seeing improvement.
• Try something new, i.e., weapons, demo, etc.
• For those in between ages, try switching between children’s and adult classes.
• Set some short and long term goals. Accomplishing them will give more internal motivation.
• Remember that they will thank you when they finally achieve their black belt or competition goals.

Material Support

Bringing your children to class (or carpooling), paying for the lessons and competitions, and just helping them out overall is extremely important. While they might not realize how lucky they are now, they will definitely thank you for it when they are older.