The ATA – THE AMERICAN TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION
Developing social skills is an important part of the human experience and there are plenty of ways that people are able to cultivate and refine these important skills. What most people don’t know is that the study of martial arts is an excellent way for children and young adults to develop positive social skills that work in their favor throughout their life.
However, this aspect of martial arts is often overshadowed by the deeply rooted assumption that martial arts are strictly for fighting. Our schools goes far beyond merely teaching our students how to fight. What most people don’t know about TryATA Martial Arts and Taekwondo is that it encompasses a vast range of different purposes – not only does it teach students self-defense, but it also instills in them respect, self-discipline and self-confidence.
Most of the important lessons that are learned from studying martial arts are really thought of in those terms, largely because these skills are simply not associated with the martial arts. As a result, it might be hard for some people to see that a martial student of TryATA is also a student in the art of self-knowledge. Our task is to teach our students the importance of self-discipline and respect of their peers and instructors. We pride ourselves on helping our students become better individuals and better citizens in the broader community.
One of the many ways that the study of martial arts can help you or your children refine their social skills is by first instilling respect. It is impossible for the martial art students of TryATA to progress without learning and understanding this attribute. TryATA teaches us to avoid assuming that knowledge is linked to age or any other consideration. Instead, students learn that knowledge comes from those who possess it and that we should respect them for what they know.
ATA review and testimonial by an ATA Martial Art parent
“Before Amber and Adrian started Taekwondo ATA Karate Classes, they used to be really shy, and whenever they had to do a school project and talk in front of the class, you could barely hear them. Both of them were really nervous. But, since they started with the ATA [Karate] and the Leadership classes both can talk in front of the class and it has helped their grades.”
-Mark Kashay (father of Adrian and Amber)
Self-esteem and self-confidence are two other attributes that go a long way towards helping students develop and refine their social skills. By gaining self-confidence and self-esteem through training, students do away with the need to prove themselves since they already feel secure with whom they are. They also gain a tremendous amount of confidence in anything they do, leading to a more positive outlook on life.
Courtesy is another essential attribute that your children can learn from practicing with TryATA Martial Arts. Instructors and high-ranking students are given the courtesy they deserve due to their knowledge and skills. New students and those within the lower ranks are given the courtesy of support and assistance, so they too can take advantage of the knowledge and skills of their superiors.
Again, participation in TryATA Martial Arts is not just about teaching children how to defend themselves. It also involves instilling discipline, respect, courtesy and self-confidence that can go a long way towards shaping and refining their social skills. Learning essential self-defense tactics is a side benefit when it comes to the goal of helping young children develop the skills they need to fully participate within the community as they progressed through their childhood and young adulthood.