Extracurricular Sports for Your Kids
Rather than teamwork, the focus is more on the individual here, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Most Taekwondo gyms now advertise "anti-bullying classes" where children learn to respect themselves and others. But it's good exercise too and involves a great deal of self discipline. Kids from ages five and up learn the various Taekwondo moves -- kicking, striking, punching and board breaking -- and have the opportunity to advance to higher levels. (Let's just hope they practise in the basement). Taekwondo classes are expensive though -- at a martial arts academy, two classes a week (45 minutes per class) costs about $80 a month (not including taxes). But after a few classes if your child is speaking with more force in her voice, you might decide the extra expense is worth it.