Parents Information

A Special Message For Parents and Guardians

DSC_0162 (2)Taekwondo at our school  is a lot more than just kicking and punching. We specialize in bridging the gap between you the parent at home and their teacher at school. Every child and Teen is treated as an individual. We care about their progress physically and emotionally. By using the framework of Taekwondo philosophy which encompasses the tenets of Taekwondo; Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control & Indomitable Spirit we instill important life skills into the children while practicing physical exercise.

We live in a demanding world and as parents ourselves we know parenting is not easy. There is no quick fix to the difficulties our children may experience such as loss of confidence or self esteem caused in particular by bullying. If they struggle with anger management or behaviour because they are experiencing emotional challenges at home or school, our Taekwondo life skills help children cope with such issues. Children respond very well to the structured physical exercise because Taekwondo boosts their confidence, concentration and discipline, particularly when they reach the goal of a new belt.

How You can Help us to Help Your Child

  • Taekwon-Do is a dynamic physical activity that involves fast movement, kicking and punching and training with various equipment. The class structure promotes discipline and can be quite busy. It is therefore important that all students adhere to the rules to avoid harm to themselves and others as current laws now require such regulation, especially in regard to the safety of children. Our rules and regulations can be found in the Training Rules  section. Reading them with your child will give an understanding what is expected from them in terms of behaviour.
  • If your child has special needs or has social challenges they will be treated the same as all other children. The parent/guardian needs to remain in the training hall as they may need extra help or assistance during the class on occasions.
  • We are not in the position to give any child constant one to one personal tuition and attention.
  • If your child misses classes, we ask if you could try and make up the classes by attending another class on our Timetable. Like this your child will feel less anxious about falling behind, all of which helps with confidence building. Please check with us first, by text preferably,  to see which class is most suitable.
  • If you need to take a long break from classes and wish to remain a member, please let us know so that we don’t offer your space to another child on the waiting list. Like this we avoid over crowding of classes.
  • Regular consistent training is far more effective than sporadic, intense training. A child will only be prepared for a grading if they train regularly (please read our ‘Criteria for progression’) for more details. Some children will take longer than others to achieve a certain level of skill, particularly if they are younger. Not all children will be put forward to a grading at the same time. This is not a failure and we will continue to reward their efforts in class until they have mastered enough skill to achieve the grading requirements.

How to Choose a Taekwondo School or Club You can Trust

ITA Instructor pictureWe belong to an organisation called the ITA (Irish Taekwondo Association). All ITA instructors go through a comprehensive training process in order to ensure best practise and excellence. This is the largest Taekwon-Do Association in Ireland and all our instructors must have the following criteria:

  • ITF Black Belt Certificate
  • Garda Vetting Certificate
  • Code of Ethics Certificate
  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • Level 1 Coaching Certificate in ITF Taekwondo (recognised by the Irish Sports Council through the Irish Martial Arts Commission).

The above government supported approval, ensures the standard of Taekwondo in the ITA is robustly maintained to a high standard and the certificate of black belt issued is an Internationally recognised qualification. For those who wish to go down the competitive route, the ITA is second to none. Each month  some of Europe’s top professional  Coaches train our  youngsters to World Class level and have produced many National and International Champions.   We are fortunate to have many high ranking Black Belts who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge and who are committed to developing well rounded individuals through the various disciplines of Taekwon-Do.

The ITA are part of  an international organisation called the ITF (International Taekwondo Federation). To find out more about the ITF visit www.tkd-itf.org.

When you choose a Taekwon-Do school, look for the logos below which indicate that it is of a trustworthy source and recognised by the Irish Sports Council.

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imac logoITA Logo

 

 

 

 

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