The Benefits of Taekwondo for Children
As well as the sporting and self-defence aspects to Taekwondo, the exercise children recieve from martial arts training improves balance, flexibility, stamina, strength and posture just to name a few.
Unlike many other forms of physical activity, taekwondo also has a mental element which not only improves childrens mind focus but also helps provide confidence and self control.
Individuals of all ages take up Taekwondo, from 3-103 and those who take it up experience the following:
Improved muscle tone and appearance
Increased strength and stamina
Improved agility and reflexes
Improved concentration and self-esteem
Improved leadership skills
However, it is important to point out that not all martial arts programs will produce the range of benefits discussed. It’s no wonder why Taekwondo has become one of the most popular activities for both adults and children, and why there are 20 million practitioners of the sport worldwide.
Focus and Leadership
A high-quality taekwondo program teaches children to focus and persist at a task. Highly energetic children and children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, especially benefit from the structure and expectations of taekwondo, but the benefits extend to all children from all walks of life
The world can be an overwhelming place for children, and anger is a common response. children don’t always know how to express anger and frustration, but participating in taekwondo can help. While it’s not OK for a child to punch or hit a younger sibling, it is OK to kick and punch during a taekwondo lesson. Children learn to harness angry feelings and use them productively.
Gross Motor Development
Taekwondo offers a vigorous workout for children while improving coordination and balance. Core strength develops through kicking (lifting the leg). Overall strength develops in a martial arts program as well.