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Youth Taekwondo (ages 13-17)

Today’s teenagers face numerous obstacles, unavoidable stressors and persuasive peer pressure more than ever before. It is imperative that they are equipped with the proper tools to overcome these challenges and grow into sensible and successful young adults. With a strong belt-level curriculum, firm structure and discipline, and an enjoyable training environment, students in our Youth Taekwondo program quickly benefit from the sense of achievement and success as they practice the essential components of practical self-defense, protective blocking, powerful striking, traditional forms and vigorous kicking in every class. The high expectations enforced on the mat improve etiquette and encourage cooperation with peers. The belt-rank curriculum offers short and long-term goals through regular belt tests, which foster a sense of accomplishment and strengthens motivation. The rigorous training provides a disciplined setting for teenagers where they can feel safe and secure as they make progress toward and beyond black belt.

In fact, parents frequently remark that the positive effects of martial arts within the walls of the studio carry over into their children’s academic performance. There is ample research to suggest that proper long-term martial arts training can increase focus and decrease misbehavior inside the school classroom. Additionally, documented martial arts training can enhance a college application for several reasons. Colleges favor students who demonstrate the motivation to complete long-term goals, will remain focused on their academics and avoid harmful activities, and are athletic and well-rounded individuals. A certified Black Belt certificate will provide evidence of all of these qualities.

Additionally, students who have advanced forward to the high yellow belt level are eligible to compete in forms and sparring. This opportunity can greatly motivate them, encouraging self-reliance and boosting confidence levels. Other events that our Youth students eagerly anticipate are the Kids Sleepover, the Winter Paddleball Championship, the Kick-a-thon Fundraiser, outdoor demonstrations, and the Summer Potluck. Each of these events are held once or twice a year to promote friendship and bonding between training partners.

Furthermore, one advantage of the Youth Taekwondo schedule of classes is that the teenagers train simultaneously with the adult Taekwondo students. This allows them to be surrounded by positive and responsible role models who set an excellent example for them to follow. Our strong community atmosphere encourages them to develop healthy mentor relationships with their adult training partners. Our adult students oftentimes lend a helping hand and pull them up through the difficult teenage years into maturity. As they advance forward in rank and age, and younger students look to them for the example, the martial arts studio becomes a safe place for them to practice the leadership skills they will need later in life.

Participation in our Youth Taekwondo program can furnish teenagers with the courage, confidence and perseverance necessary to exceed and thrive in today’s competitive world. Call (401) 338-7186 today to make an appointment, or come by anytime during regular business hours.