WHY LEARN TAEKWONDO?
WELCOME TO IMPACT TAEKWONDO CENTER IN RIVERVIEW, FLORIDA
where learning Taekwondo goes hand in hand with learning skills for life
and where students learn to live a fulfilled life in accordance with the tenets
courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that combines powerful kicks and punches and applies practical techniques in patterns, or poomsae, that are both defensive and offensive in nature.
Although Taekwondo is in general thought about mostly in terms of self-defense, Taekwondo practice offers many other benefits for students of all ages, and we at Impact Taekwondo Center belief that Taekwondo practice is beneficial for chilren, adolescents, young and middle-aged adults as well as seniors.
Taekwondo: a foundation for learning skills and knowledge that last a life-time:
– Taekwondo promotes improved physical fitness, flexibility and strength (Lakes et al., 2013)
– Martial Art practice is good for general health as it involves the whole body, strengthens the heart, improves muscle tone and overall mood and provides stress relief (Health Fitness Revolution, 2015)
Benefits for a healthy development:
– Taekwondo practice has shown to improve executive functioning leading to better self-control, creativity, discipline (Diamond & Lee, 2011) and increased focus and ability to pay attention to tasks (Dunlap, n.d).
– Taekwondo promotes social development and life skills (Lakes et al. (2013) which is learned from working with and alongside others while being able to focus on one’s own progress
– Students in Taekwondo engage in meaningful social interactions, which can decrease stress, improve wellbeing, feeling more positive and lower blood pressure (Kim, Dattilo, & Heo, 2011)
– Over time, students of Taekwondo will become familiar with the values of this martial art and will not only internalize the tenets of Taekwondo (courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit) but also learn to apply those values in their daily lives (Roesner, 2012).
Students will learn to control negative emotions and learning to take responsibility for their actions in life (Lakes et al., 2013)
– Students will become more self-confident, learn leaderrship skills, learn to better understand others and learn to “pay-it-forward” (Roesner, 2012).
Diamond, A., & Lee., K. (2011). Intervention shown to aid executive function development in children 4-12 years old. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3159917/
Dunlap, D.H. (n.d). Attention Deficit Disorder in the dojang. Retrieved from http://www.playerstkd.com/tkdandadd.html
Health Fitness Revolution (2015). Top 10 Health Benefits of martial arts. Retrieved from: http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/top-10-health-benefits-martial-arts/
Kim, J., Dattilo, J., Heo, J. (2011). Taekwondo participation as serious leisure for life satisfaction and health Journal of Leisure Research, 43(2), 545-559.
Lakes, et al. (2013). The healthy for life Taekwondo pilot study: A preliminary evaluation of effects of executive function and BMI, feasibility, and acceptability. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3927879/
Roesner, P.M. (2012). Beyond the dojang: A phenomenological perspective on transferring the virtues of Taekwondo into daily life. (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertation and Theses (PQDT). (3545473).