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Think of all the ways your child would benefit throughout their life if you gave them the opportunity to develop a mind-set for achieving success.

What if they got into the habit of attaining big objectives from a young age by working to reach smaller goals?

Look forward and see what a positive impact it would have on their all-round development if they were stretched, both physically and mentally, to overcome challenges.

The experience of training to be a Junior Black Belt in Taekwondo gives kids a set of life-skills that will benefit their future lifestyle and happiness. The path from complete beginner to Junior Black Belt is challenging, achievable by any child, and offers fun, new friends, exercise, and a real sense of achievement while gaining a mind-set for accomplishing goals.

Taekwondo Junior Black Belt Training

You may think, as many parents do before they bring their kids to a training session, that learning a martial art is simply a matter of copying an instructor as they demonstrate a technique. Watch your child in their first training session and you’ll see that traditional Taekwondo training is about so much more.

The process, from the very first session, is not only about learning physical martial arts techniques, but also developing the mind-set that leads to becoming a Junior Black Belt.

There are times when quiet attention is required. The skill of active listening and the ability to follow instructions are acquired. Focus of mind is developed as the techniques and the process of learning becomes more complex as the student progresses. Parents often say they have seen their children grow and develop on the journey from beginner to Junior Black Belt. The journey starts with you as a parent bringing them to their first lesson.

Physical Development and Mind and Body Coordination

Combining physical exercise with learning new Taekwondo techniques, while working with a partner, leads to healthy physical development and improved mind-body coordination. What they learn and process mentally the children put into action.

The sometimes clumsy and uncoordinated child starts to control their body and moves and acts with purpose. Working with a partner, not competing, promotes hand-eye coordination, which is vital for safety, sports, and many activities.

The Development of Aptitudes and Attitudes Through Taekwondo Training for Kids

Many character-building traits are seen to flourish as children learning Taekwondo face challenges and overcome obstacles. Each child has existing attributes, some are strong while other talents are hidden, underused, or not accessed. Taekwondo training for kids will teach them to control and direct their strengths and strengthen the weaker or unused parts of their psychological make-up. The result is a mentally stronger and fully rounded young individual. The effects of Taekwondo training on children can be seen permeating through all aspects of their life and contributing to their future well-being and happiness.

All Kids Can Do It and All Kids Can Benefit

Whether you consider your child to be academically inclined or more of a physical athlete, they will face the challenges on the journey from beginner to Junior Black Belt and benefit from the lessons they learn while overcoming them.

They will experience just the right amount of testing to encourage growth and development that will be seen in everything they do.

Strong minded, sometimes difficult children will harness their strengths. Shy introverts gain confidence. Excitable kids learn patience, and the absent-minded start to focus. Taekwondo for children can also accelerate self-awareness leading to changes in negative attitudes and uncontrolled emotions.

Think of all the ways your child would benefit throughout their life if you gave them the opportunity to learn traditional Taekwondo. Give them the opportunity by bringing them to their first training session and watch the difference it makes. 

 

 

The way children play, learn, and interact has been dramatically changed by technology. In just 20 years, traditional games, playing outdoors, and physical connection with their environment has been replaced by a virtual world viewed on various screens and devices.

Many young children can use mobile phones and tablets better than some adults, they have become tech-savvy and that’s fantastic. Technology offers them many advantages and possibilities for their future careers and education, but parents should be aware of the impact technology use can have on child development.

 

The consequences of technology replacing traditional play

Using technology to play games or for learning has led to massive changes to the lifestyle of kids and is having a negative impact on child development.

Playing games outside with friends, creating things from whatever’s available, and exploring their surroundings, provides many benefits that kids are now missing out on as they spend hours sat looking at screens. The physical exercise of real play strengthens growing bones and muscles and improves cardio-vascular functions while burning calories and maintaining a healthy weight. The sedentary lifestyle of many children that spend time indoors playing games on a screen is leading to child obesity, poor physical development and serious health conditions such as diabetes in later life.

 

Pay attention – It’s important

Watch the face of a child when giving their attention to a video game and you’ll see a blank expression and emotionless staring. They respond automatically to the on-screen stimulus without thought and become automatons that react but don’t need to think. Extended time in this state supresses the development of creative thinking and imagination.

The type of attention children use when playing games in the real world develops learning and problem solving through creativity, reasoning, and logic. Rather than the narrow focus of attention on the predominantly visual stimulus of a screen, when kids play they become aware of their surroundings and other children. They interpret their environment using all their senses. They develop memory skills, decision making, and coordination, and they learn through creative thinking as they build new neural pathways in their brain.

Watch the face of a child when they’re giving their attention to playing a physical game or are learning through physical activity. You’ll see a range of emotions, thought processing, awareness of achievement, and best of all a smile now and then. To help your child to develop mentally and physically in the way children did before the technological era, consider the benefits of Taekwondo for kids.

 

The benefits of Taekwondo for kids

Taekwondo front kick

Junior student practising front kick

Taekwondo for kids is the perfect way to counterbalance their use of technology and give them the healthy physical, mental, and emotional development they need.

Traditional Taekwondo builds strength, aids flexibility, and improves cardio-vascular systems giving kids all the physical development benefits they used to get from playing. They develop balance and coordination and maintain a healthy posture that is important if they spend a lot of time sitting or slouching in a chair.

As they learn the techniques, children are challenged and stretched to achieve their potential at their own speed. They build awareness of both their surroundings and their own capabilities while being fully engaged with the lessons and the group. Your child will experience what is now called mindfulness but has been part of Taekwondo practice since it’s early ancient roots.

At Pacific Taekwondo we run classes for kids where they learn in a friendly but disciplined environment that encourages interaction, which quickly develops interpersonal and social skills and builds confidence in group situations. Plus, they will make lots of new friends.

Our qualified and experienced teachers provide a safe setting for kids to learn self-defence. We teach traditional Taekwondo in non-competitive lessons where the focus is on self-development through learning, goal setting, and achievement.

 

What to do now to help your child’s development

The impact of technology on children will continue to increase, and that offers many benefits for the future. For children to enjoy these benefits and prevent the negative effects of prolonged use of modern devices, you need to increase activities that help them develop through play and physical activity. To learn more about how you can give your child the opportunity for holistic development in the technological age, learn a practical form of self-defence, and to see them smile as they learn, contact Grandmaster Trevor or Master Inst Margaret at Pacific International Taekwondo. They will answer any questions and give you the opportunity to book your your child for some free trial classes. Email enquiry@pitkd.com or call on 38899551 or mobile 0414252255

 

Our Taekwondo classes for kids are regular reminders that martial art training does more than teach physical skills. Life lessons are learned and character is strengthened during our classes at Pacific International Taekwondo in Brisbane; this is great for parents who want the best for their kids but are unsure how to help them succeed. Many of our younger students are also taught the self-confidence and self-defence skills they need to cope with bullying behaviour. For all the physical benefits our Taekwondo classes offer, there’s a whole host of other advantages as well.

Taekwondo: building young minds and character

Every parent wants their child to be safe and successful during their school years, and eventually move into a good career. The difficulty comes when we realise we can love our kids but we can’t control them, especially their mind-sets. We can use different methods to try and teach them but in the end their success is a result of their efforts and actions, not ours. It’s especially difficult as kids become adolescents and are influenced more by outsiders and social media than by their parents.

So, if we can educate our kids in a fun and enjoyable way about consequences, (Do this and that happens. Avoid doing that and this happens.) this can develop the right mind-set from an early age and act as a catalyst to achieving good things in all areas of life. That’s exactly what we try and create for each student at Pacific International Taekwondo.

  • Our training program is about more than fitness and self-defence. It’s an all-round self-improvement program that develops lasting inner strength or ‘grit’.
  • It gives kids and adolescents the opportunity to let off steam by learning exciting jumping kicks, fast free sparring and power board breaking. Aiming for success in those things requires the same work ethic that’s needed to excel at anything, but it’s a fun way to develop that work ethic.
  • Virtually every area of their life can be affected in a positive way through our training

Children can:

  • Become fitter, gain energy and stamina
  • Learn the importance of treating others with courtesy and respect
  • Learn the value of self-control and the power of cooperation
  • Gain the ability to set and achieve goals
  • Learn to persevere and not give up when faced with challenges

At Pacific International, we teach children the art of Taekwondo. This means they learn martial art skills beyond just ‘punching and kicking’. Learning a martial art is an all-encompassing activity that builds a strong mind as well as a strong body and includes disciplined drills, jumping techniques, and fast free sparring. Students train in a safe and controlled environment with highly experienced instructors who promote the tenets of Taekwondo: Courtesy… Integrity…Perseverance …Self-control and Indomitable Spirit with the physical skills.

To progress from one belt to the next means constant physical improvement and carrying out pre-set techniques to a required standard. By doing this, students of all ages experience the feeling of having earned their success, rather than having it given to them with no real effort on their part. This helps to develop an awareness of being responsible for the choices they make and the outcome of those choices.

Boosting kids’ confidence to avoid being a target for a bully

Most bullies are created, not born. The kids who call other kids names or pick on them in some way often do it because they experienced the same intimidation. Contrary to popular belief, bullies are unusually confident. They feel they have the right to impose their will on other people, in the same manner they learned from their relatives or peers.

Bullying behaviour can have an awful impact on your child, and on you as a parent. There’s nothing worse than seeing your child’s misery as you get them ready for school, knowing they don’t want to go, and feeling helpless to do anything about it. When you ‘arm’ your kids with a self-confident attitude that enables them to speak up for themselves, they carry themselves in a way that can   prevent them being seen as a weak target for a bully. We can help instil this assertiveness and confidence.

Pacific International Taekwondo does not teach kids to fight. Instead, we teach them a full range of martial art skills using hand pads and kick shields so they become used to the idea of self-defence and being safe. It’s non-aggressive, focused on defence, and develops an awareness of personal strength that they probably lacked prior to beginning their training. With that awareness, they realise they can do something to protect themselves, so they no longer feel vulnerable and fearful. Their new confidence and assertiveness, developed during Taekwondo training for kids at Pacific International, will show bullies they’re not an easy target.

 

 

 

 

 

Toughness

noun: the quality of being strong enough to withstand adverse conditions

Taekwondo training in Brisbane challenges body AND mind.  Many people say it takes a strong body to train in Taekwondo, but a strong mind is just as important.  Mental toughness and physical toughness are two sides of a scale, and individuals who have specific strengths in each can find success. Finding a balance between the two is where the real results happen during Taekwondo training.

Physical Toughness

While there is a level at which everyone can find success in Taekwondo, no matter what their physical capabilities are, a threshold of physical toughness is required. Each individual must push themselves to their physical limits. Finding out what you’re capable of is part of this process and most people find their bodies are capable of much more than they think is possible. It’s common for students at Pacific International Taekwondo to feel stunned at what they can do physically with practice and good instruction.

Going back up that definition at the top of the page, toughness is not about how big muscles are but rather about how far you can go in adverse conditions. Adverse conditions are different for everyone, depending on the level at which you’re beginning and the support that you have.

Strength is not the main component of Taekwondo. If anything, it’s agility, coordination and precision that are the heart of being a high-achiever in the physical sense. That physical ability is the way that we move through patterns, sparring, jumping and everything else we do in Taekwondo. There’s so much possibility in these bodies that we walk around in. So while you might not be able to deadlift two hundred pounds, you can still reach a high level of physical success that meets your potential.

Physical toughness is a skill that you can develop just like any other. Start small, pushing the body incrementally, and those small gains will improve your level of physical toughness.

Mental Toughness

The real trick is that in order to get to physical success, you have to be mentally tough. Mental toughness drives the physical body. For instance, if you believe in your ability to do one more pushup, then you’ll find that more than likely you’re physically able to do it! Or if you think that you can break that board, then you’re more likely to be able to break it.

World class endurance athletes respond to stress in a different way than others do. In fact their brainwaves actually look more like people who are meditating when faced with an intense situation rather than with increased stress patterns. They have mental toughness!

Just like physical toughness, mental toughness is a skill that can be developed. How? First by starting to accept small discomforts in life. It might be something as simple as forcing yourself to park in the back of the carpark when you go to the shops, or making a small change in your diet like giving up those favorite snack foods. The great thing is that these skills transfer, so once you learn to make yourself do one thing, you can then transfer that skill to other things, like your Taekwondo training!

These two skills really do go hand in hand. In fact, really they are the same skill! Developing toughness creates growth in Taekwondo and in life.

 

 

 

 

Thinking about doing something to improve your health and get in shape?

Deciding how to do it is not an easy decision as there’s so much choice now. Maybe it’s time to break out and try something new and different – traditional Taekwondo! You’ll find it hard to find something that delivers the rewards of traditional martial art training.

 

The first time you step into a Taekwondo class in uniform as a new student, you begin a journey. You don’t know that of course, you’re focusing on training and learning how to carry out the stances, blocks and kicks etc, but it’s a journey of challenges, achievements, setbacks and plenty of enjoyment. Unconsciously you’ve become part of the community of Taekwondo practitioners that spans the globe, includes all demographics and is mutually supportive of one another. All students feel the same frustrations when their body doesn’t respond the way they want it to and feel proud of themselves when it does. It is a unique community of people that feels the same dedication to their individual school and instructor, and the same determination in their commitment to their training regardless of where in the world they are training.

 

The challenges of training push us mentally and physically, when combined with the camaraderie of shared enjoyment it’s understandable that Taekwondo practitioners experience a connection that’s missing from most other activities. As well as improving their fitness, they learn lifelong skills, such as self-control, personal discipline and a greater awareness of their body and its movements.

 

With this knowledge and experience, committed students gain more than can be gained from most other physical activities. In fact, it is not unusual to hear people explain that they first started training to get fit, but were amazed to discover that Taekwondo is an intricate, multi-dimensional activity, addressing all aspects of life. And that this is the reason they continued training; the appeal of a fit body becomes meaningless when not coupled with a trained mind.

It is difficult to imagine any other activity impacting individuals so holistically; Traditional Taekwondo truly is a way of life as much as a means to get fit. With core values including discipline, respect, and self-control, as well as a necessity for trust and communication, the Art allows individuals to mature and develop into confident, and thoughtful members of society.

Long-term training in traditional Taekwondo truly is a journey, one unrivalled by quick-fix workouts, and one which supports more than just physical development. The Art of Taekwondo is a journey of spirit, of mentality, and a means to a rewarding way of life.

 

Next time you have a few minutes to spare check these links showing a Taekwondo class in Tanzania and another in Iceland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQRAHjXRheQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ4oV_EY0mg  If you walked into either of these training halls you feel you would have a common bond and be welcomed, regardless of the language barrier.

 

Ready to try traditional Taekwondo for yourself? Email us at: enquiry@pitkd.com and ask for your free 2 week trial pass. Or give us a call to ask questions and find out if it’s for you, call 07 38899551.

 

Looking for a new way to let off steam, want to exercise your whole body, and learn an effective martial art for self-defence?

 

Pacific International Taekwondo are offering you a free trial lesson so you can experience this exciting martial art in a safe and friendly environment. During your free trial lesson you’ll learn kicks, punches, and other techniques, from highly skilled instructors with over 40 years of experience.

 

Whether you’re a complete beginner or you have some knowledge of martial arts, and whatever your level of fitness, this is your opportunity to try out Taekwondo for free.

 

Great physical exercise for teenagers

 

As a teenager you’ll enjoy the highly charged physical activity in a controlled, non-aggressive environment.

 

You’ll never get bored because, unlike some sports, there are always new challenges to overcome as you progress through the coloured belts towards the coveted black belt. The regular setting and achieving of goals can also develop a mindset that creates a pattern for success in other areas of your life.

 

Taekwondo is a great way to burn off excess energy, enjoy healthy all-round exercise, and learn valuable self-defence skills. Plus, you’ll be welcomed into a friendly club and make new friends with similar interests.

 

Maybe you’ve already thought about learning martial arts? Now you can try it out, free of charge. Learn more about what happens at your first lesson at: http://pacificinternationaltaekwondo.com.au/free-trial-sessions/

 

Training can be customised for adults of all abilities

 

Adults are often drawn to Taekwondo as an alternative to repetitive training in the gym or jogging. Taekwondo training builds muscle strength and improves the cardio-vascular system. It strengthens the core muscle groups, which are vital for balance, posture, and physical health especially as we get older. It’s an all-round workout that will give you real results, and it’s definitely not repetitive.

 

Training is customised to provide achievable, but testing, challenges for adults of all abilities. Whether you’re already super-fit and looking for a physically hard workout, or you’re less active and looking for an enjoyable way to exercise and get rid of stress, Taekwondo training could be just right for you. Try it out for free and see for yourself. You’ll find more information at: http://pacificinternationaltaekwondo.com.au/free-trial-sessions/

 

The mind and body benefits of Taekwondo training

 

Taekwondo has its roots in ancient martial tradition, and has been constantly developed to reach its modern form which has ensured it remains applicable in the 21st century.

 

Taekwondo offers a full body workout that develops and improves muscle strength, stamina, and flexibility, leading to high levels of fitness and vitality. You will also be learning a practical form of self-defence. Your self-esteem will increase, and you’ll become modestly confident, self-assured, and able to handle life’s problems without getting stressed.

 

For some people Taekwondo is an exhilarating way to exercise that offers many benefits, for others it’s a life changing journey. Try it out for free and discover the benefits for yourself. You can see more information and contact us to book your free trial at:

http://pacificinternationaltaekwondo.com.au/free-trial-sessions/

At Pacific International Taekwondo, we’re asked lots of questions from women and girls who are thinking about starting martial art training in Brisbane. They know the benefits, they want to make it happen, but they’re unsure, and wary of getting started. They’re afraid of what might be coming their way should they train. They’re fearful of the process. Here are a few things they ask us, and themselves:

 

Will it be too aggressive?

Will I have to yell?

Will I be expected to do things that make me uncomfortable?

Can I be a physically powerful and still be feminine?

What if I can’t do it?

The answer to that last question is: yes, you CAN do it! You don’t have to sacrifice any of you in order to practice a martial art like Taekwondo. Girls, women, mums…you CAN learn a martial art.

Girls, women, mums….you can learn a martial art.

Taking the first step

You might think martial art training will be too difficult and intimidating and be tempted to give up before you even get started. What’s wonderful about the training is it helps you to combat all of these emotions! Those feelings of awkwardness, of inadequacy, of not belonging and of being unable to do this…they melt away with your first step into the training area.

You just need to take the first step.

Training in a martial art is an incremental practice. It starts off small, gradually building skills and confidence one upon another.  Each day brings a new accomplishment, and it’s not long before you realize you’ve climbed a mountain! What you see in the advertisements, what you see in the instructors, is the end product of a long process. You’re not going to walk in on the first day and be expected to be a black belt.

The people standing at the front of the class were beginners once as well, and they appreciate the journey that’s ahead of you.

It may sound hard to believe, but martial art training is done in a nurturing and supportive environment! Women and girls are usually amazed by how warm and welcoming a great dojo can be, and the incredible amount of support it offers to those starting out on this journey.

Practical Tips for Female Beginners

How can you make the leap? Here are some ideas for how to get started. Incidentally, these same tips work for women who are struggling to maintain their interest in martial arts or who are wanting to get back into a practice after having been away for a while.

●    Start with one lesson

Realize that you don’t have to commit to doing this forever, and just step into the training hall to try it. You’re not signing away your life, you’re just doing one class!

●    Bring a friend

Don’t go it alone, but bring a friend. Martial arts is great for mums and daughters to do together, and it’s also the perfect chance to bond with a friend. That moral support will help you to take the leap!

●    Watch a class

If you’re really feeling overwhelmed by the prospect, then just observe a class. This is a wonderfully neutral way to get started.

●    Put it on the schedule

Make an appointment with yourself to get started, then think about other things in the lead up to the actual class. Putting it on your schedule is you making a commitment to yourself, and often this is the push that women need to take the plunge.

Even if you try just one martial art class you are a giant step closer to protecting yourself just for making the effort and confronting your fears. Taking the leap into martial arts is for many women one of the best decisions that they’ve ever made, a decision to take control of their lives and to leave their fear behind them.

 

 

Discipline is the distance between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn

A central pillar of all martial art practices is that of discipline. Pacific International Taekwondo runs Taekwondo classes Brisbane wide, and in each and every location, you’ll hear the same refrain about the importance of discipline.

This common denominator is the thing from which all of the martial art training, the fighting and the accomplishment flow from. It’s not about standing in a still stance for hours on end or being yelled at by someone. Discipline is something that comes from within, something that cannot be taught but that can be fostered.

Discipline is an essential skill for teens to develop because mastering discipline is what makes life work, and what pushes things forward in life so that success can come. This is a huge reason why Taekwondo for teenagers is very beneficial in many different ways.

School

Getting to class on time, making good study choices, and having the focus to do the right things in the classroom are all things that teens improve upon when they train in martial arts. There is something fundamentally different about the discipline that comes from teens who develop it in training at a dojo as opposed to what comes in the classroom.

With martial arts, there is immediate feedback when good form isn’t followed in a punch or a kick – immediate physical feedback. Punch a board without proper form and it doesn’t break the board, it hurts the hand. Teens learn from that immediate and physical response about consequences, something that isn’t so readily visible in school where the ramifications of poor grades aren’t as clear until much later down the line.

 

By developing discipline in the dojo, teens learn to get ahead of negative consequences – something that translates beautifully to the classroom.

Relationships

A major reason that teens struggle with relationships is because they struggle with self control. There is so much happening in the teenage body, and without a good deal of discipline, things can easily get out of control in ways that have serious emotional consequences.

Self control through self discipline offers teens a toolbox to take charge of their bodies and their minds. That self discipline really helps teens to feel confident in relationships and to make smart choices about them.

Beyond

In the lives of teens, discipline offers something special. Teenagers stand at the precipice of their future lives, charged with making decisions and following paths that will affect them for decades to come. What does life look like after high school? What kind of career do you want to have? Where should you live?

We charge teens with making this series of life changing decisions at a time when they’re brains are a soup of hormones and development. Science tells us that the teen brain is something utterly unique in human development – vastly different from what it was in childhood or what it might be in adulthood. Yet often we don’t give them the right tools to navigate life, expecting them to act as adults when they most definitely aren’t….. yet.

Martial arts gives teens the chance to find clarity. The discipline that study and practice in martial arts provides helps teenagers to lay a foundation for a successful and happy life beyond the teen years. Or, in other words, Taekwondo training for teenagers is also for tomorrow’s adults.

 

Martial arts is about hitting people right? Wrong. The essence of martial arts isn’t learning to hit people, it’s learning to take a hit….figuratively speaking.

 

Falling Down

The bottom line is that we don’t learn when we’re on top. When you have nothing to look towards, there’s nowhere to grow to, nothing to aim for. You don’t have a challenge to push you forward. In order to rise, you must have something to rise to. When training in martial arts, falling down isn’t a bad thing. It’s actually how we’re able to grow.

 

Sparring partners challenge us, and in order to be challenging they have to offer enough of a threat to our position to potentially overpower us. It offers us nothing in terms of growth when we face an opponent who we will certainly defeat. We cannot know our limits, where to push and what changes to make without testing them. This is something that we experience again and again, that it is by truly testing our ability in the training hall and seeing the point at which we fail that we can discover new techniques to get better at.

There is ALWAYS someone out there who is stronger or faster, who has spent more time practicing. In order to get to the next level we need to find those who are further down the path to challenge our own position. It’s not that we as martial artists want to fail, it’s that we realize that growth isn’t possible without it.

Getting Up

While we do indeed seek out opponents who will have the potential to knock us down, what really makes a martial artist is the wherewithal to get back up when we’ve fallen. Working out isn’t the hard part. Learning martial arts isn’t the hard part. Throwing a punch isn’t the hard part. The hard part in martial arts is recovering after taking a hit. It hurts to fall down! Not nearly as much physically as psychologically.

 

When you spend your days training in this kind of discipline, it’s easy for the ego to get out of control. People are naturally protective of that ego, and it’s much easier to run away and lick our wounds than it is to stand up and face our own failure.

 

The physical bruises that we get during a fight are connected to the emotional bruises that we get, even the big tough black belts. However in martial arts we form coping mechanisms that allow us to effectively get over struggles that we face. We’re seeking out chances to get back up so that when we do find ourselves needing to get back up, be it during a physical fight or during one of life’s trials, it’s a skill that we’ve honed. Learning how to get back up is something that we can learn to do through martial arts in the same way that we learn to punch or kick, by practicing it with intentionality.

This process of pushing ourselves to grow by seeking challenges and then rising to meet them, even after they’ve knocked us down, is really what marks martial arts as different from other pursuits, and what makes it such a valuable teacher.

It seems like a universal struggle – getting teens to get up, get organized and get their lives on track. The trouble is that teens are walking a fine line between childhood and adulthood, with a foot on each side of that line but unable to completely fit in on either side. The tension that causes is what creates a great deal of the attitude that parents and teachers get from teens.

Martial Arts Empowers Teens
Teens are in the middle, and most of them just don’t quite know where they belong. Kids might spend years taking dance lessons or playing on the soccer field just to suddenly change their minds and give up what seemed to parents to be a lifelong passion. That change can leave parents reeling and trying to lay down the law rather than offering their teens the room and support to grow. One thing to emphasize with teens is that they do have the power to make their own decisions. That’s easy to say, but not nearly so easy to do when you’re going through it.
Martial arts gives teens a framework to feel confident and in control. That’s because it takes courage and determination simply to step into the training hall, and it’s also because the goal of martial arts is essentially self defense. Students learn to control their actions within their immediate area to get the results they want. When they understand that they quickly find the confidence to take control in other areas like schoolwork and relationships. Perhaps the biggest obstacle that teens have to overcome is that they don’t feel as though they have the ability to make life their own – martial arts can teach them how.

Martial Arts Energizes Teens
The saying about teenagers sitting on the couch, absorbed in their electronic devices is a real experience of lots of families. It is difficult to motivate them to get up and get moving. Past the age of ‘playing’ they are often looking for something new and different that has more purpose to it. Martial arts can get teens moving and engaged in their lives. There are lots of ways to explain it, like improved focus and concentration that comes from patterns or how sparring causes a rush of adrenaline that helps teens to take action in their lives. The reasons are great, but the experiences of families are even better.
Just as the saying about teens being glued to their electronic devices is something that many parents have experienced, the reports of the transformation of young people who become involved in martial arts is one that almost everyone of our instructors has experienced. Students who had little motivation and success in school are suddenly interested in and excited about achievement. The amazing thing is that the lessons learned in the training hall are really not applied most often to fend off an attacker – they’re most often applied in daily life where they improve the ability of students to bounce back from failure, to strive through the hard days, and to find an excitement in their life that they didn’t know was out there.

Pacific International Taekwondo can offer a powerful antidote to the seemingly endless teen years of self doubt and avoidance. Transformation is the name of the game, with results that speak for themselves.

To discover the difference that it can make in your teen’s life, call (07) 3889 9551 for your free trial session.