I enrolled my child in the your program. Is there anything else I need to do?
Yes. One of the most important things you can do is support your child. Be positive. Let him/her know they're doing well in class even if they seem awkward or uncoordinated. A student who receives positive parental support and praise will always try their best. Also, let the instructors do the teaching. Parents may think they are helping by correcting their child or criticizing their punches or kicks, but they are actually demotivating them. Our instructors have more experience in developing proper behavior and technique, and they will work to bring out the best in every student.
My child needs structure and discipline. Will TaeKwonDo provide this?
Yes. At Masters Martial Arts we teach traditional Taekwondo principles as well as kicking and punching. We call those principles the "Tenets of Taekwondo." They are: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit. These tenets are the foundation of what we teach. Parents and teachers often notice a considerable improvement in behavior after only a short while. Many parents have their child enrolled with us because we teach the same things they feel are important for their child's development.
What are the stripes some students have on their belts?
We keep track of a student's progress by using a system of stripes as rewards for accomplishment. Each stripe means the student knows a specific thing or can perform a certain exercise. This lets the student keep track and take pride in the progress he or she is making. A new strip also gives the parents an opportunity to praise the child for his or her achievement. Although a stripe may be awarded at any time, proper attitude and diligent work ethic are taken into consideration first.