- Self-motivation. There have been many times that she has not broken a board or completed her patterns. It just motivates her to try harder.
- Listening. She has not become the BEST listener, but Tae Kwon Doe turned her into a MUCH better listener. We actually attended her lessons for months in order to remind her to pay attention. Now, she listens and respects the instructors.
- Respect. She now knows that if she does not listen and follow the instructions to a tee, she may get injured. She has become more respectful both at lessons and at home.
- Self-esteem. She has gained so much pride and self-esteem in her skills at Tae Kwon Doe.
- Self-awareness. She knows her body and its abilities very well. My daughter may be one of the smallest in her class but she is tough.
- Self-protection. When you have a daughter who is amazingly beautiful, but extremely tiny, you worry about her safety. I am not saying that I think my daughter could take on an adult attacker, but I feel a little more confident in her ability to protect herself.
- Success. She has felt the honor of receiving her new belts, and the recognition that comes with that. She has also won many medals at tournaments, and feels like she has succeeded in something.
If you are looking for a sport for your child to learn self-discipline and self control, while still getting a fantastic work-out, then this is the sport for you! We love Tae Kwon Doe, and are proud to say that our son (age 5) just received his first "belt" this week as well!