December 5 th , 2015
We joined the Tiger Den family in the July of 2008, when our son Ryan was 6 years old, he started with summer camp. He was a shy, quiet, skinny boy with glasses that bigger kids always seemed to be trying to pick o. He had just finished kindergarten and we were receiving notes daily about the lack of focus and discipline he displayed in school daily. By the time he finished summer camp in the middle of August and returned to school he was already showing the initial signs that Tiger Den and Tae Kwon Do would have on his academic experience….no more notes home.
The first major pay off to having Ryan in Tiger Den was teaching him to focus and set incremental goals.Learning form, kicking technique, and home rules was a challenge, but repetition was key. The values in learning to respect not only his Master’s and instructors but the tenants of Tae Kwon Do have helped to shape him into the young man he is becoming.
Two years ago, we also officially started Ryan’s little brother Nathan in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 4; this child is full of energy and always moving. And we have seen changes in his behavior and focus improvements in him at the age of 6. The difference for Nathan is that, he’s been around Tiger Den his entire life so he not only respects his Master’s and Instructor’s considers them family. He can do something wrong and I can say I’m going to call Master Jeon or Instructor Chris, and he self-corrects.
The last major benefit I will talk to from tiger den is determination, both of my children have learned to be determined. The difficult board breaking or kicking techniques they have taken on have driven the development of their determination. The constructive feedback from their Master’s and Instructors on technique, foot work, and presentation have helped them develop a high level of determination which makes them always strive for excellence and perfection.
Crystal McLeod, Woodbridge Va.