Our foundation classes are suitable for ages 7 and above. However, those students that achieve their Final Dragon belt are automatically transferred to the Foundation Taekwondo classes before the age of seven.
At the foundation level, students exercise in a healthy environment. These classes are fun as well as teaching discipline and instilling the rules to show students how to follow instructions. Classes focus on the fundamentals of Taekwondo and the techniques are broken down and explained in detail. Students also learn more about the sport in these hour-long sessions. They will learn basic moves, but no contact is made. These classes are very important as they help build the students’ confidence and make them feel less shy during classes. The lessons mainly consist of pad work and basic kicks.
A typical lesson would consist of a fun warm up with stamina and strength building exercises and would also include a game. After this, would be a basic stretch to prepare the muscles for kicking and then the students will learn how to execute a proper technique. This is all then practiced on pads held by the instructors and assistants. Proper hand techniques are also taught in these sessions which are required to pass grading at a satisfactory level.
Each student would start with either a white belt (new to Taekwondo) or a yellow tag (graduated from Lil’ Dragons). They will learn pattern or Poomsae, basic kicks, basic hand and stance techniques and will build strength to break boards. These are all requirements to pass a KUP Grading to gain their next belt. Belt order for Foundation Taekwondo is white belt, yellow tag, yellow belt, green tag. When the student gains their green belt, they graduate into the Advanced Session.
Foundation is all about preparation of the basic building blocks to then advance onto a higher technical level.
We are always on the lookout for talented students and we will encourage them to progress into the Advanced Taekwondo classes sooner than expected if we believe they would be able to keep up with these higher-level of intensity sessions.
The times allocated to Foundation Taekwondo are highlighted green on our timetable.
Benefits of Taekwondo
There are many social, physical and psychological benefits of taekwondo for children. This discipline requires perseverance, teaches core values and provides great advantages in return.
Contrary to popular belief, this sport is not violent nor does it encourage aggression. It doesn’t even require great strength to practice.
Like other sports, this Korean martial art develops the body’s physical capabilities.
Taekwondo is also a very technical discipline, which helps children learn how to control their body. It provides complete training, giving social and psychological value.
Taekwondo brings great physical benefits, but also various values and skills that help temper the character of children.
This sport can become a way of life for those who practice it. It’s an instrument for achieving physical and mental balance.
Taekwondo seeks the realization of the human being in all senses. In the case of children, it helps them to get through the most complicated stages, acquiring important personal values and healthy habits for life.
- Improves muscle strength, as well as cardiovascular endurance.
- Increases elasticity, agility and flexibility.
- Helps develop coordination and balance capabilities.
- Provides control and knowledge of one’s body. Since this is achieved through basic movements but on a highly technical level, it will prepare them for future activities of greater difficulty.
Psychological and social benefits
Taekwondo also helps to temper children’s character. Those with high energy levels become more aware of their body and surroundings.
Even the most timid and introverted children will gain confidence, self-esteem and initiative.
- It promotes concentration and discipline.
- By mastering their body, they gain self-esteem and self-confidence. In addition, they will learn to interact with their environment more effectively.
- Important values such as honesty, loyalty, camaraderie, teamwork, respect and humility are fostered.
- It’s an opportunity to foster cultural learning. Through taekwondo, children have access to knowledge of customs, traditions and ways of thinking that are different from their own. It also teaches tolerance and solidarity.
Some thoughts and tips on Taekwondo
- Although this discipline originated for combat, it isn’t an aggressive sport. The basic training of taekwondo is self-defense, not ill-will or antagonism.
- Moreover, this sport seeks to bring peace and tolerance to those who practice it, among other benefits. It’s an ideal aid to channel the inexhaustible energy of children, especially if they have disorders such as ADHD.
- The ideal age to begin practicing this sport is around 4 years old. It’s better to start from a young age, because although taekwondo has great benefits, it’s very technical and “slow.”
- Changes don’t happen overnight, and it takes a lot of effort, perseverance and discipline to master the basics and improve.
- Therefore, the presence and help of parents is fundamental. They’ll have to remind their children of their values, responsibilities and tasks, encourage them when they believe they aren’t making progress and, above all, support them.
The most important thing is that the child is happy with what he’s doing and the environment he’s in, and that he always puts all his enthusiasm and effort into each, and every day of practice.