The ATA – THE AMERICAN TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION
How Karate For Kids By TryATA Teaches Discipline
TryATA’s Karate for Kids program can help your child’s development in many ways. Children learn physical coordination and gain an awareness of how to manipulate their bodies in three-dimensional space to achieve a specific result. If they develop this coordination and awareness early enough in life, the moves will become second nature to them in adulthood. These physical skills will help them perform in sports and give them a boost if they choose to pursue careers in the military or emergency services.
Because of the disciplined nature of TryATA martial arts, children also learn valuable life skills such as respect and courtesy toward others, self-confidence, self-esteem and listening skills. Parents of children who take part in TryATA Karate for Kids classes’ remark that they perform better at school, get better grades and improve their social skills when interacting with their classmates.
For both children and adults, the martial arts are all about discipline, both mental and physical. Some parents place their children in the TryATA Karate for Kids program to help them with disciplinary problems they may be experiencing at school. As they progress in the program, even the most disruptive among them can learn to be good citizens and get along successfully with their peers. These are all skills they can employ to be successful later in life, whichever career path they happen to choose.
“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)
TryATA martial arts are hard work for anybody, even the most highly skilled and trained adult. To make any progress to higher levels, it is essential for students to really apply themselves and work hard to push through any barriers to their advancement, be they mental or physical.
Do you remember the scene in the film, “The Karate Kid,” where the teacher instructs his student to repeatedly put on his coat, remove it, throw it on the ground, pick it up and hang it back up again? At first, it drives the kid nuts, but in the spirit of obedience to his instructor he persists. Weeks pass, and eventually the young man faces his first tough competition. Guess what? All those tedious and seemingly pointless exercises were giving him upper limb strength and sharpening his reflexes.
Children who enroll in TryATA Karate for Kids programs learn how to apply themselves, how to concentrate and focus their attention like they have never been encouraged to before. Parents are encouraged to talk to the instructor and discuss their child’s specific needs and points to work on. Maybe there are specific behaviors that they would like us to target and eliminate from the child’s behavioral repertoire.
It’s not all about preparing the students for their long-term futures. Some of the more immediate benefits include physical fitness, ideal for children who may be overweight. If they have been bullied at school, TryATA Karate for Kids programs can help them build their confidence and recover their self-esteem. Participating in our program can help the child at school, at home and in their social lives. Most of all, they can have fun!