Our goal as a martial arts institute is to train children to defend themselves against actual physical attack and to better prepare them to cope with the pressures and problems of growing up. Our positive approach to teaching will help some children to channel aggression while encouraging others to be more assertive. As a result of this training, the martial arts student develops confidence. This means confidence in their ability to defend themselves, confidence in setting realistic goals, and confidence in the decisions they make in order to achieve the goals they have set. Children reach higher levels of academic achievement, develop good manners, and learn the value of respect.
In addition to the benefits described in the "Our Art" section, we recognize there are additional topics that are specific to children and are considered as part of the complete system.
Maintain Healthy a Lifestyle
Chi Kwang-Do helps reinforce a healthy lifestyle that parents desire for their children. As a parent, it is often difficult to help your child achieve a healthy life balance with all of the media (tv, movies, computers) and video games that children are bombarded with on a daily basis. Through training, children get proper exercise and learn to set and achieve goals. Instructors work together with parents to establish good training habits in children both inside class and out. Also, the balanced movements found in Chi Kwang-Do work to provide children with the physical development they need to counteract the effects of today vast amount of electronic media by stimulating the central nervous system, muscular system, and skeletal system. These positive effects if nurtured throughout their childhood development will carry on these young students as they move on in life.
As parents, you naturally want your son or daughter to be able to defend themselves against physical abuse or other harm. Likewise, you do not want your child to become a bully by using their skills in an aggressive manner towards others. In keeping with our school's basic philosophy, all students are taught to resolve conflicts with other people in a mature way, relying on diplomacy and good manners rather than physical violence.
Students are also taught and constantly reminded that skills imparted to them can be very dangerous and are only to be used for self-defense, and only then as a last resort. Examples of situations are frequently given within the class in order to help all the children better understand how to effectively deal with different situations they may encounter at school or in the neighborhood. Other areas such as abuse or harassment from adults or what to do if lost, are further dealt with in a frank, yet basic manner to which a child can relate and understand
It is the sincere goal of Chi Kwang-Do to encourage children to excel, not only in Chi Kwang-Do but also in their school work as well. The coordinated contra-lateral movements found in Chi Kwang-Do helps to stimulate the brain, improving concentration, memory, and mental sharpness. This effect, when coupled with positive encouragement by Instructors, usually brings a definite improvement in this school grades and focus.
The Parent's Role for Success
We realize that being a parent these days is not easy. We are living in the age of instant gratification - nearly everything is available in a moment's notice - from video games, movies, television programs, and Internet content. With all of these distractions, raising balanced well rounded children is a challenge. Chi Kwang-Do Instructors help children to learn the value of hard work and the self-control needed to make good choices. But this is not possible without the help of parents. It is important that we work closely together to help a child develop to his or her fullest potential. Parents are encouraged to talk with our team of instructors at any time if there are problems outside of class that we may be able to offer insight and assistance on.