We suggest that you set a schedule of at least two lessons
per week, if possible. The student should attend often
enough to retain the information and progress smoothly.
Parents: Remind your child when it is time to get
ready for class; and help him get his things together.
(His instructor will not let him use you as an excuse
if he does not have all his equipment and his complete
uniform, so help him organize himself.)
As the novelty of the program begins to fade other
activities may divert your child's attention from his
Taekwondo lessons. If he balks at coming, simply say
that he doesn't have to participate. Put his uniform
in the car, and bring him to class to "watch". Once he
arrives, his attitude will likely change. It is important
that you use this opportunity to teach your child to honor
commitments - not to "quit".
3. If a
student is in ill health, he should not attend class. If he
has an injury, he may benefit from attending the class
as an observer or in limited participation. (Confer
with instructor before class begins).
Each student is expected to maintain a clean, pressed
uniform. It does not have to be freshly laundered for each
class, but should look fresh and clean at all times.
5. If a student is in need of a quick snack
before coming to class, please avoid snack containing
refined sugar and avoid milk products. Fruit, juices
and nuts are quick and nutritious snacks. No gum
chewing is allowed in the school.
courteous and respectful responses at home; for example, a
student should begin by using "Sir" and "Ma'am" at
7. Give strong emotional
support to your child. Ask what he learned at class,
praise his effort (not his ability), and watch his
progress from time to time. It is not necessary that the
parent attend class. The child must learn to
concentrate, which is sometimes difficult when the
parent is in the room. You and the instructor can make
this judgment together.
8. If you have
questions concerning the methods or material in the lessons,
please make an appointment to speak with the instructor. The
instructors have specific goals for all classes and for each
child. Because you know your child, you are encouraged
to be an active part of the goal-setting process.
9. If you feel that your child has negative
or frustrated feelings, please try to identify the
reason(s) and speak to the instructor about them, even
if they are not Taekwondo related.
Discipline is not punishment - it is training. The
dictionary states that it is "training that produces moral
or mental improvement" - one of Taekwondo's major goals.
11. Training is forming new habits and correcting
old habits. The child may see no reason to make an
effort to change. At that time, he may make negative
comments about the instructor and/or the school, just
as he probably does at times regarding his academic school
12. Avoid commiserating with your
child in criticizing the program or the instructor
until you have had an opportunity to have a conference
with the instructor. Together, you and the instructor
can work to help your child.
instructor is interested in your child's progress and
that progress is best accomplished when parents are an
active part of the "team".
Please inform the instructor of any special characteristics
or temporary circumstances that may interfere with your
child's learning process.
Some ATA schools require each student to bring in his report
card to the instructor each time grades are received.
The instructors are interested in the "whole child" and will
support you in encouraging your child's academic effort.
Most parents find that Taekwondo training brings
significant academic improvement by developing better
skills in memory, concentration and following
directions as well as improved conduct, responsibility and
respect. (Our school does not REQUIRE reports cards be
brought in, that can be optional. Students are awarded with
chips for their victory patch for bringing in their
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