The Benefits of Taekwondo


This list is prepared from published research and anecdotal reports from parents.

  • Children who practice Taekwondo develop a high degree of self-respect
  • Taekwondo builds their self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-discipline
  • Participants gain confidence by finding that they can achieve their goals by practice and perseverance
  • Manners are always a focus - with expectations in and out of classes
  • Leadership abilities are developed through training activities
  • Students set and achieve goals
  • Concentration skills are honed regularly
  • Parents observe better grades in school plus increased attendance
  • With progressive training children become more enthusiastic and optimistic
  • Students develop a “Yes, I can” attitude
  • Our students learn to take responsibility for their actions
  • We develop the strength to say “NO” to unhealthy peer pressure
  • Motor skills, coordination, and strength come through better fitness
  • We work on skills for physical and mental self-defence
  • Our participants learn how to defend themselves and avoid being in vulnerable situations

Selected References:

  • Personality characteristics and duration of ATA Taekwondo training. Kurian M., Caterino LC, Kulhavy RW, Percept Mot Skills. 1993 Apr; 76(2):363-6.
  • Aggressive behavior as a function of Takewondo ranking. Skelton DL, Glynn MA, bErta SM. Percept Mot Skills. 1991 Feb; 72 (1): 179-82 Prepared by Hakan Kaya, World Taekwondo Federation, certified First Dan Black Belt, November 2003