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How to Find the Perfect Taekwondo School for Your Child
Taekwondo is a great sport for kids to take up. It instills many attributes in children that will help them get ahead in life and grow up to be happy, well-adjusted, productive members of society. Students who begin studying Taekwondo will quickly learn the values of respect, discipline, perseverance and courage. However, not all Taekwondo schools are created equal. Like any other kind of business, some Taekwondo schools cut corners and do not provide good service. To avoid this kind of problem, follow this guide to selecting the perfect Taekwondo school for your child.
The first step is to find the Taekwondo schools that are in your town. Try and find all those that are within driving distance and then start checking them out in the order of distance from your house. Any school that is worth its salt will be happy to let parents observe a class at no charge. Be sure to take advantage of this.
While observing a class, pay the most attention to the instructor. Observe what kind of attitude they have, and what kind of atmosphere they instill in their class. Taekwondo instructors need to be able to walk a fine line with their students. They have to be friendly enough to make the class fun, but they also have to be stern enough to command respect. They also need to be stern to discipline their students, making them accountable for the time they are in class.
It is best to go with an instructor that teaches with quiet confidence. This is the quality that kids will respond to. Kids do not want to be yelled at the entire time they are in class, so be sure to avoid instructors that yell from start to finish. A loud, commanding voice is good, but screaming is bad. Also, take a look at the quality of the mats, kicking pads, and heavy bags that the school uses. Make sure that the pads and mats aren’t ripped, torn, and extremely worn because this gear needs to be safe for your children to train.
Finally, look at the kids in the class you observe. Try to find a school that has many kids close to your child’s age. Practicing Taekwondo with their peers is one of the major reasons that kids will stick with it. Listen to the kids when they come out of class. If they sound happy when they are walking out of class, then the chances are that your child will be happy there as well.
About the writer
Robbin R. Gray is currently writing for the MMA Zone. She has trained and written about various martial arts such as: Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Judo, and Karate. If she isn’t writing you will likely find her at the local Taekwondo Dojo.