Developing strong social skills can help kids communicate with each other. Social skills help kids build relationships, understand one another, and get along better.
Taekwondo provides an excellent opportunity to learn these skills (and from a safe social distance). Here are a few of the ways that Taekwondo can help kids develop their social skills:
1. Listen and Follow Directions
Most Taekwondo classes are held in small group environments where kids learn skills together. Even if something becomes distracting, kids must learn to remain focused. Kids learn how to ask questions without being disruptive. They learn to listen and follow directions and to stay on task with the rest of the class.
2. Show Respect
Taekwondo classes include kids from various backgrounds. Even if a child seems different, kids learn to be respectful and kind to everyone in their class, including the instructor. Kids must be patient and wait for their turn while being polite and considerate of others.
3. Receive Feedback
There are many different skills to learn, practice, and then improve in Taekwondo. Something that helps kids improve is listening to their instructors and accepting feedback. If a child isn’t used to hearing feedback, at first, it may sound like criticism. But learning to see feedback as something intended to help is a valuable skill. Rather than feeling criticized and ignoring the information, kids who learn this social skill are more likely to improve and grow as an athlete.
In Taekwondo, you learn as an individual, but you and your classmates are also part of a team. Whether your child is working with a partner or an instructor, they must figure out how to work and positively interact with each other. Part of working together includes learning to support and encourage each other to do their best.
TKO Taekwondo offers a variety of programs and classes. To learn more about what we’re currently offering and how to get started, contact us today.