The ATA – THE AMERICAN TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION
Although most people associate getting good grades in school with lots of studying, there’s more to scholastic achievement than just hitting the books. Having discipline, self-control and a sense of self-worth are just a few of the many qualities that are the key to seeing students get good grades in school. Other desirable qualities include having courtesy and respect for fellow students. Cultivating these positive qualities can be difficult by all other means – this is where our martial arts training comes in.
Surprisingly enough, there is a lot in common between academic training and martial arts training. Both have the potential of giving students a solid platform from where they can spring towards future success. Both academic training and martial arts training have their own rewards. TryATA Karate training offers the chance to instill within students the discipline and self-control that is necessary for them to meet academic challenges and tackle them head-on.
Thanks to TryATA Karate training, not only do students learn discipline, courtesy and respect at the hands of skilled instructors, they also receive many other important qualities and traits, including self-confidence and self-defense.
Discipline and self-control are perhaps two of the most indispensable qualities any student should have in an academic environment. After all, students have to be able to refrain from disruptions and pay attention to both instructors and learning material. With this training, students learn how to easily shut out distractions and work under pressure while focusing on the task at hand. The qualities and self-control that are taught in martial arts easily carry over to the classroom, resulting in a more focused and motivated student.
“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)
Courtesy and respect for others are two other qualities that students develop as they are exposed to martial arts. In TryATA Karate training, students develop the requisite courtesy and respect for others by showing respect to instructors through bowing and other rituals and by recognizing the achievements of fellow students during instruction. This is often as simple as saying “thank you” to a fellow student at the end of a demanding work out. These small gestures of respect and courtesy make up the foundation of our martial arts training.
What students learn throughout TryATA Karate for kids training goes beyond learning how to defend oneself. The many lessons learned through martial arts training are also easily applicable in a classroom environment. For example, students come away from our training with a newfound respect for their instructors and fellow classmates. They’re more willing to listen and more open to learning new things, positive attributes that not only spell success in martial arts, but also in the classroom environment.
Students also come away TryATA martial arts training with a newfound sense of self-confidence and the feeling that they can do anything they set their minds to. Having this tremendous boost of self-esteem is the key to fostering students who are happy and eager not only to learn about new things within the classroom, but also to actively participate and even lead within the community from future leadership positions.