Kids in Martial Arts
I understand how you are probably feeling. You're thinking, "come on - how can Taekwondo and martial arts teach wholesome values and success skills?" Well, I'm here to tell you, in more ways than you can even begin to imagine.
My name is Jeff Wade. I am the Master Instructor and co-owner of South Miami Taekwondo. For over 20 years, I've been nurturing children like yours with character building tools found only in the martial arts. No sport can match them. Watch as your child increases in confidence, energy and spirit. Stand and be dazzled as he becomes unstoppable in his quest for virtues like greater academic achievement, respect for others and himself and increased strength and fitness - in mind body and spirit.
And all of it comes while learning how to "kick, block, and punch."
Look at it this way. Your child's first and biggest challenge comes not from "fighting for his rights on the street," or "beating up the neighborhood bully." It comes, instead, from battling a far more sinister force: Your child's own fears and self doubts:
I'm not as smart as Alex.
I wish I was as [strong, pretty, tall] as Jane.
Why does Tom keep giving me a bad time?
Why can't I be as popular as Christy?
To repeat, Martial Arts are less about your child learning to fight others, and more about fighting himself - his innermost fears.Conquer them, and your child unleashes within himself a powerful, unstoppable force - A force that gives him the strength to kick down the doors of his own self doubts - A force that opens your child to the exalting power of values.
In other words, when your child uses the discipline of Taekwondo to conquer his fears, he has power to transfer that discipline to all other areas of his life. I know of no "sport" that does this more effectively than martial arts.
Now, you may be asking, how does all this "values" stuff work? And why does Taekwondo manage to do a better job teaching it?
Unlike in sports, in the martial arts many psychological doors are openned that remain otherwise closed. Instincts are awakened that otherwise lay dormant. These states of awareness are priceless opportunities for her to discover who she is and decide who she will become. She'll marvel (as you will) as she increases in strength, flexibility endurance, balance, and harmony. Yet this is only the start.
Following are examples of life skills your child will learn:
Through "tough love" on the mat, you child learns respect for adults, peers and most importantly, himself. It takes a lot of courage and self-confidence to defeat the ego - the first step necessary to give respect. This is one of our primary focuses at South Miami Taekwondo.
Your child finds the courage to move outside of his comfort zone. He wills himself to take on more difficult moves and skills. He becomes no longer afraid of being afraid.
Your child finds joy in improving her physical stamina. She can walk farther, run longer and practice skills until she gets them right. In turn, she learns not to give up. She sticks things out. With the help of her teachers, she strives harder, longer to reach her goals. Even if she fails she perseveres. She won't let her self doubts get in the way of finding the ultimate solutions.
She'll refuse to give in to negative peer pressure. She'll have deeper respect for rules.
She'll learn what's needed, along with the skill to "zero in" on critical tasks at hand. Normal yet time-wasting childhood distractions won't get in her way.
Watch as your child finds the courage to open any door life has to offer.
But don't just take my word for it. I personally invite you and your children to our academy to visit class free of charge with no strings attached. TAKE ME UP ON IT AND YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
Master Jeff Wade
One thing you'll never hear at THIS Miami Martial Arts school is "You can't train today." No. You train whenever you like, every single class, every single day. The only thing you'll ever hear US say is "Where were you yesterday? Train MORE!"