One of the many benefits of working from home is being in the house when your kids have their summer vacation from school.
I enrolled my two sons in Taekwondo classes for summer because they did not want to take swimming classes again. I know that they'll be able to swim later. I learned how to swim when I was in first year college. (That would be for another blog post. :))
Before, I enrolled them in summer reading and math classes. However, this year, I figured that they must have been doing a lot of reading and math at school already and it would be better for their little bodies to have more physical activity. My kids don't usually play outside of the house anymore.
I saw that Taekwondo classes are available in UP Diliman during the summer so I researched about it and enrolled them after finding out about all its benefits. Below are the three benefits that resonated with me while I was doing my research.
According to the student handbook given by my children's coach, Taekwondo is a "sport-for-all" for the training of body and mind. Taekwondo is derived from the Korean words "Tae" meaning foot, "Kwon" meaning fist, and "Do" meaning art or way. So Taekwondo literally means "the way of the foot and fist." (The definition kind of reminds me of Kung - Fu.)
Taekwondo is an art of self-defense involving the skilled application of techniques that include punches, strikes, kicks, blocks, dodges and interceptions with bare hands and feet to overpower an opponent.
They also say that the name Taekwondo has only been used since 1955, but the martial arts' roots began 2,300 years ago in Korea.
I was surprised that Taekwondo is a lot like ROTC. Haha! The children were responding to their coach with, "Sir, yes sir!" Which made me think of my college days. 🙂
My children were given a student handbook about Taekwondo and they had to memorize some basic commands. Some of them were:
I felt proud that my two sons were able to follow these commands as they are said by their coach. 🙂
Sometimes I get worried that my two sons are lacking physical activity and are becoming couch potatoes. They prefer to play on our Ipad instead of going outdoors to play. Enrolling them in Taekwondo classes assures me that they get their much needed physical activity.
According to the Philippine National Guidelines on Physical Activity, children 5 to 12 years old should have at least an hour of physical activity each day. Enrolling them in Taekwondo classes will help them fulfill this requirement. Helping out in household chores is a good way in fulfilling this requirement too. 🙂
Children should be able to set goals for themselves. It helps them understand perseverance and goal setting. I would love my children to be able to set goals and then work to reach them one step at a time. This will also help them practice grit. Not reaching your goals right away may mean that you just need to persevere more, not give up.
I love that my two sons are now asking me about when they would reach black belt status in Taekwondo. I advised them to read their manual since there's a time frame about it there. Now they're talking about taking their second Taekwondo class next summer. :)
I am lucky with my kids because they don't make life hard for me. They don't throw tantrums at the mall and it's very easy to talk to them about why we should not buy this or that gadget yet.
Taekwondo will help enhance your children's self discipline. It trains them to word hard and do their best so they can achieve what their coach is teaching them. Working hard teaches them to have discipline and self control.
Accompanying my kids in their Taekwondo classes is a bonding experience for us too. They are tired and hungry after their class so we have a chance to go on a date and eat out. 🙂
How about you? Are your children taking summer classes? Comment below!