Archive for April, 2015


Jack, James, and Thomas started TaeKwonDo (TKD) in January. I must admit, I wasn’t sure it was going to be worth the hype or expense. However. I’m now convinced. As parents, we put our children in different activities in order to expose them to new things. Though with other team sports we have had good experiences, often the coaches are parents just as busy and overwhelmed as we are trying to contain the chaos. The children might get some good instruction on the fundamentals, but they don’t necessarily get much in the way of character building. And, in our family, character is everything. So, I was delightd to see very early on in TKD that the instructors teach and expect the same core values that we do at home. Integrity, perseverance, self-control, and courtesy (we use the word “respect”) are central tenets of TKD that we have instilled in them at home. They have also built up some strength and worked on coordination.

Today, they had their belt up ceremony. They (and we) were so proud of the skills, Korean words, and courage they have shown. 


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