Little Dragons is our program to introduce Taekwondo to kids ages 3-4. It is comprised of basic Tae Kwon Do kicks, punches and blocks along with other physical activity. It is designed to help the kids learn how to listen, follow directions, focus and have fun at the same time.
Each Little Dragons class starts and ends with respect. The students bow when they enter the training area, and after lining up for class, they bow to the Flags and the instructor. The students are taught to respond yes sir/ma’am when given instruction. The class ends with bowing to the flags and then the instructor. We teach the Little Dragons students to show respect to parents and adults, not just in class, but outside as well.
Along with the Basic Taekwondo skills the Little Dragons students learn hand-eye coordination as well as foot coordination. They do ladder drills that help with cardio and coordination. We alsoo do drills with small hurdles that help them with their leg strength.
A further word about martial arts training for young children…..
A common parental concern is that martial arts will encourage violence and aggression. The opposite is true. Through consistent training, children will quickly discover an inner confidence and strength which enables them to move beyond the need to prove themselves physically. Patience and tolerance replace anger and frustration, giving the child the courage to walk away.
Martial arts training takes physical aggression and redirects it in a positive and constructive manner tempered with strict discipline and control. Parents are excited to see the self-discipline, focus control and increased concentration carry over into everyday life.
The physical, mental, emotional and developmental benefits provided by martial arts training are unparalleled. No other single activity will provide your child with all the benefits martial arts has to offer. It’s no wonder that so many doctors and educators recommend martial arts training for children.