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A Letter from Master Cho
Korean Tiger Team Captain

Dear Parent,

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I know that you are here because you are thinking about martial arts lessons for your child. You are probably wondering how Tae Kwon Do will benefit them and what it takes to get started.

This website is designed to be your guide. It will answer the most common questions that parents have and share with you the experience of happy families already involved in Tae Kwon Do. Most of all, it will explain in detail how Tae Kwon Do will improve your child’s fitness, increase their self-esteem, and sharpen their focus in such a powerful way that it will benefit them throughout their life!

Please read on to find out how Tae Kwon Do can give your child the Winning Edge!

First of all, let’s review the answers to some common questions that parents often have before getting their child involved in Tae Kwon Do.

Question #1: What is Tae Kwon Do and how is it different from other martial arts?

The different martial arts all originated in different countries thousands of years ago as forms of self-defense. Karate comes from Japan and Kung Fu from China. Tae Kwon Do is native to Korea. In terms of techniques, Tae Kwon Do emphasizes kicks more than other martial arts, making it ideal for improving your child's balance, flexibility, and endurance.

Question #2: At what age can children start?

Our experience has shown that children ages four and up will be able to take the greatest advantage from Tae Kwon Do classes. Starting at age five, your child is eligible to participate in trial lessons, which allow our instructors to work with them one on one and evaluate their readiness for group classes. Our staff will then use their experience to recommend the best course of action for you to take with your child.

Question #3: Does it increase aggressiveness?

Absolutely not! Your child will be taught from the first lesson that a true "Tae Kwon Do kid" never misuses their martial arts skills. Throughout their training, they will be reminded that being physically and mentally tough doesn't allow one to be tough with others. Instead, Tae Kwon Do students are expected to be humble, courteous, respectful and careful about when and where they practice their skills. The instructors at Master Cho's will continually educate your child that Tae Kwon Do is a form of exercise and self improvement, not a tool for bullying.

Now that you understand the basics, let’s examine some of the benefits that Tae Kwon Do training can give your child...

Tae Kwon Do is Great for Physical Fitness

If you are concerned that your child could use more physical activity, then you’re not alone. Many of today’s kids spend hours in front of TV’s, video games, and computer screens. As a result, few children get the level of activity they need to get and stay healthy.

Tae Kwon Do can provide a much-needed physical boost. Kids of all ages improve their balance, coordination and motor skills. They also improve flexibility, strength and endurance, skills that will help them in other sports and make them more confident in their abilities.

Best of all, Tae Kwon Do is a fun way to get in shape. Our enthusiastic instructors and high-energy classroom make learning enjoyable as well as rewarding. Your child will look forward to their classes and be eager to attend their lessons consistently.

Tae Kwon Do is perfect for:

  • Helping young children to develop coordination and balance
  • Motivating sedentary children to participate in exercise
  • Enhancing the strength of children with physical challenges such as low muscle tone
  • Providing athletic children with a way to become even faster, stronger, and more flexible

Tae Kwon Do improves listening skills, concentration, and grades!

Teaching kids to stay focused is one of our specialties. From the very first class, your child will learn the importance of eye contact, posture, and active listening skills that will benefit them not only in Tae Kwon Do but at home, on the playing field, and of course at school.

Teachers and parents alike often notice a dramatic difference in children who study the martial arts. Tae Kwon Do students have an easier time staying on task, are more disciplined when it comes to homework and able to control the fidgeting and distracting habits that often take other children off track.

The results are incredible. Your child will listen better at home, handle homework and chores more efficiently, and put more focus and effort into their schoolwork. Many children also begin receiving better grades.

Focus gained at Tae Kwon Do will:

  • Help hyper-active kids to settle down
  • Provide children with attention-deficit disorder (ADD) the ability to focus and concentrate
  • Enable students to improve their memory and study habits
  • Teach self-control to children with a temper

Tae Kwon Do will boost your child’s self-esteem and self-confidence to new heights!

Tae Kwon Do will provide your child with plenty of challenges and the tools to overcome them. You’ll be amazed at the difference just a few months of lessons will make in the way your child will feel about themselves and their abilities.

The secret is our use of positive recognition. Our staff use plenty of praise and positive feedback in every class to encourage students and motivate effort. Our belt system gives students mini-goals to strive for and teaches kids the power of goal-setting. Special events such as belt testing and tournaments give students an opportunity to perform in front of others enhancing their self confidence and self-esteem.

With the powerful self-confidence Tae Kwon Do will give your child, they will:

  • Overcome shyness
  • Be able to resist negative peer pressure
  • Stand up to bullies and speak up for themselves
  • Raise their hand in school and volunteer their opinion
  • Be more comfortable with meeting new people

Our Instructors Make the Difference!

The instructors at our school are experts at working with children. They know how to gain your child’s attention and keep them motivated. Every member of our staff will take a personal interest in your child and be committed to helping them achieve their potential.

Our instructors understand that it takes time to build a relationship just as it takes time to learn the martial arts. Our staff set realistic step-by-step goals for each child and encourage kids every step of the way.

Our instructors also take it as a priority to serve as good role models for impressionable young minds. You can be assured that our staff will demonstrate the respect and character that we want our students to embody. Our staff are patient, enthusiastic, and they teach with a smile! We love what we do and are sure that you and your family will feel that in the classroom.

You have my promise that Tae Kwon Do will be one of the best investments you have ever made for your child.

Remember, as a student of Tae Kwon Do, your child will experience more than just self-defense. They will experience self-improvement. Virtually every area of their life can be affected in a positive way through Tae Kwon Do training

  • They will become more fit, energetic, and active
  • They will learn the importance of treating others with courtesy and respect
  • They will learn the value of self-control and the power of cooperation
  • They will gain the ability to set and achieve goals that will help them to overcome any obstacle
  • They will learn to persevere and not give up when faced with challenges

By now I'm sure that you are interested in trying out Tae Kwon Do for your child. The best way to try out Tae Kwon Do is through our Quick Start program. Please take a moment to read and fill out our quick start page, or call us at one of our convenient locations:

Master Cho's Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts
Master Cho's Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts Centers, serving Glen Allen and Richmond VA

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