What to do when your child wants to quit Taekwon-Do

I wanted to quit Taekwon-Do as a Green Belt… 😯⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
At some stage every Taekwon-Do student will not want to go training! Trust me, it’s inevitable for every student!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For me, I was a green belt and really enjoyed Taekwon-Do still but that summer the weather was good and football ⚽️ with my friends outside was more tempting than getting on my Taekwon-Do uniform and leaving the fun.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Luckily for kids they mostly live in the present moment unlike adults who live more in the future or the past, but that’s also a challenge 😅⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today most young kids (as are adults) are surrounded by the abundance of Dopamine fueled activities more than ever before.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Be it…YouTube, Tablets, PlayStation, Playing With Friends, Favourite TV shows etc… 🥳⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s no wonder they don’t want to leave it and go put on their Taekwon-Do uniform. 🥋⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Luckily for me, my parents really saw the benefits of Taekwon-Do training and the discipline of dedicating to train consistently.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Any real rewards in anything we do come from a long term dedication of time and effort.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Everytime parents tell me, “I’m finding it hard to get them to training”. 90% of the time I dont see that same reluctance in the kids when they are at training.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There are usually 3 answers; ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1️⃣ – They aren’t enjoying Taekwon-Do — > Fair 👍⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2️⃣- They are lazy & prefer being in their comfort zone — > Get Training 👊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3️⃣- They aren’t happy to leave a Dopamine fueled activity –> Solution Below 👇⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s worth noting, are they really fed up of Taekwon-Do or are they just not too keen on leaving a Dopamine fueled activity? 🤔⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔑 Here’s a good test… time any chores or homework to take place before its time to get ready for training.

If your still getting the same reaction, then absolutely its probably time to try something new.

However, if you see a difference in the reaction you’ll know the real problem 😉

The journey of Taekwon-Do training

Juliana started TKD after recently moving to Ireland from Lithuania. Like many, her aim was to build confidence, make friends, and learn Martial Art skills.

This was particularly the case for Juliana as she moved here with very little English, and the universal language of sport was key to her meeting new friends.

Fast forward to 2018, Juliana was certainly developing and coming into her own, but was still finding her true inner confidence.

Even as a red belt, she was often extremely nervous and shy, and competing in Sparring at Tournaments was challenging.

However, with the right people around her and plenty of courage she continued to give her all, and face her fears!

This perseverance paid off as in December 2018 she was promoted to Black Belt and her confidence was building and building!

A few short weeks later, a spot on the Irish National Team in her division became available for the World Championships in Germany 2019.

There are only 3 spots per junior division available to each country at European & World Championships and you must be a Black Belt to compete.

So, with her fresh new Black Belt, Juliana took to the National Squad Session to compete for the last remaining position against 6 other athletes.

Juliana displayed her full array of skills in front of the National Coaches and was selected to compete for Team Ireland at the World Championships in April.

Juliana spent the next 3+ months preparing for the Worlds under the guidance of her coach, Mr Richie Forde, who was once in her shoes as a 14 year year old competing in their first Worlds! Having competed at the highest level for 10+ years, and claiming numerous World & European medals, he understood what it took and was able to guide Juliana in the right direction.

Juliana was given incredible support from the incredible people within our club at East Cork Taekwon-Do along with the local community in Carrigtwohill through fundraising to allow Juliana take on the Worlds best!

Fast forward to April 2019, where Juliana took to the mats with her Irish Dobuk (Taekwon-Do uniform) on her back. She overcame opponents from Chile, Canada, Russia, and Spain while narrowly losing out to the eventual winner from Germany in the semi final to claim a well deserved Bronze Medal 🥉.

Juliana returned to the club to a heros welcome where everyone was incredibly proud of her achievements.

Juliana continues to inspire the future of our the club as an assistant coach, and has a fantastic way with kids.

This is just one of many great stories from our young club with so many more exciting possibilities for the future to come!

We have plenty of young members just like Juliana keen to create stories of their own in the future!

Outdoor Training Starting in April

We are returning to outdoor training from April 27th

As per Government announcement at the start of the month, juveniles are allowed to return to outdoor non – contact training from April 26th.

We have secured slots at Carrigtwohill All Weather Facility on Tuesdays & Thursdays for our students.

All students must book in for sessions!

Info has just been sent out via email & WhatsApp. If anyone hasn’t recieved a booking link let, please let us know.

Places will be allocated to current members first, with any spaces opening up then allocated to potential new beginners looking to join.

Look forward to seeing everyone very soon 😀😀

How our academy builds self esteem in youths

How does training in Taekwon-Do help build self esteem in children?

I see it time and time again, a shy young kid comes to our classes to gain confidence within themselves.

It is great to see the transformation in children from when they first join to a few months/years later, it’s incredible. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Where does this develop from?

Our programs are designed to continuously challenge students in a safe environment.

With this comes evidence that they can overcome any challenge with the correct attitude and mindset.

Confidence is essentially based on evidence. Those who consistently challenge themselves gradually build more self esteem to go conquer any challenge that comes their way.

It’s fantastic to see the difference in some children who walk through our doors following this process and this certainly spills over into life outside the training hall. 👊💪⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀