The kids program at the Michigan Academy of Taekwondo is structured in such a way that children are not ONLY having fun in class, but learning important life lessons from role model instructors. Yes, there are a lot of games and fun exercises but the primary objective is to equip children with life skills that will enable them to make good decisions and get along better with other people.
We do this by focusing on three major areas of emphasis.
The first area of emphasis is confidence. Although we will teach your child actual techniques to fend off a “bad guy” we focus more on building their confidence so they don’t get seen as a target in the first place. We will teach your child how stand with good posture, how to project their voice, and how to make good eye contact. Through this confident projection our hope is that they never actually have to use their learned skills in the first place.
The second area of emphasis is what we call athletic fundamentals. Balance, agility, strength, coordination, and flexibility. Developing these attributes will send your child back to the gym class and other athletic activities more confident and capable.
The third area of emphasis is what we consider the most important and what parents like the most about our program. This is to develop good character. Self-esteem, courage, courtesy, self-respect, respect for others, focus and discipline. If we can instill these character skills then we feel we are really doing our job. We do this through constant repetition of drills that contain these character skills. In addition, MAT does a series of weekly themed “MAT chats” where we discuss important topics including safety and bullying tips that your child can carry out into their everyday life. So in short, our goal is to create well-mannered. strong minded, fit, and happy children.