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Jimmy Costas reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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Grand Master Park and his staff are top notch. The school provides some of the best staff around who build confidence in their/our kids, teach the students the meaning of respect through structured training. Our daughter trained at Parks Tae Kwon Do for years and that great experience will support her endeavors. Thanks Grand Master Park and staff!

Alison Marshall Wasserman reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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Like many people who start with TKD at a young age, I took a "break" after getting my black belt. A 20 year break. This year, I rekindled my love for this sport when I enrolled at Parks. This time around, I am practicing with my son. Grand Master Parks is right - it is kind of like riding a bike. What is even better than getting back into shape is that I get to share an activity with my son that I have loved since I was his age. Gabe is so excited for TKD and the disciplinary benefits are starting to sink in. Thank you for giving me the chance to share this with my son the way I used to share it with my own father.

Elyse Santiago reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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We started with Parks 23 years ago with our son. It's was great then & even greater now. The Parks family are warm, caring & we know that are 8 year old daughter will thrive. Since she has been there, her self-confidence has risen. After she being bullied in school, & Parks knowledge of this, we know she will stand strong with confidence thank to Grandmaster Park & his instructors

Ayesha Alibaig reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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We moved from Wisconsin to Boca about a year and half ago. My son Mikaeel was already doing Taekwondo in Wisconsin. He was able to continue at Park's from same belt rank. After a few months at Park's, he also decided to join the Elite team. Today it was my honor and privilege to see my 7 year old son getting his Sr Red Belt. This weekend was a great experience for us, and a very well organized event for Black Belt testing hosted by Grandmaster Park and his instructors. Best part was the belt ceremony, where Grandmaster honored Moms and had them give the certificates and belts to the kids.

Mikaeel's hard work, dedication, perseverance is a true testament of his instructors and masters. Looking forward to many more testings to come as he continues on his journey of becoming a Black Belt.

Neish Rochelle reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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My mom signed my son up for classes mid September. It started as an investment to help build my son's confidence and disicpline. Besides the ethics side he loved it! He even more enjoyed having an uniform becoming a member. It has been a challenging experience but Parks is a phenominal individual and has made the experience much smoother for him and myself. It was very new for me as well. It's going on 8 months and he is now in red uniform and wears a yellow belt. He has equipment and weapons they utilize and learn in class. This step I can tell is a huge challenge for him. Remembering moves and steps, I am very excited to see him transition. We are from California so this experience is super awesome knowing back home we are limited to these type of sports and activities. I'm proud to be apart of the Park' s Taekwondo Family ��

Krystal Legarreta reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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The absolute best! Super clean! Fun place for both kids and parents ! The instructors there are super patient, friendly, and eager to show their passion and knowledge with the kids and parents in reference to taekwondo. Absolutely love this place! Can't wait till my youngest is old enough to join his brother !!!

Carlos Orbegozo reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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My son has been attending Parks Tae Kwondo for over 2 years and he truly loves it! He is learning a lot about building strength, confidence and security. The Masters and instructors are amazing.
Highly recommend this place.

Sandra Suarez reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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Parks Taekwondo has only been a positive experience for my son. He has always been a good kid, but they have taught him not only self defense.... but self-confidence, respect and he's more outgoing. The instructors and masters are excellent! I love this place and highly recommend it.

Bisan Amireh reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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Always take my brother here and he’s learning so much, plus it’s a great way for him to stay active. The instructors are super friendly and you can tell they really love/ are passionate about what they do. Def recommend!

Luz Helena Gamboa reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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Parks Taekwondo 🥋 is like home, my son has been with them for 7 years and I just signed him up to the life program and added my younger son as well we couldn’t be happier. I totally recommend the program it impacts the lives of many people in many different ways.

Lazya Van Rooyen reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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My daughter Anika van Rooyen started with Parks in her kindergarten year as a very very shy girl that barely said anything. She enjoyed it so much and came out of her shell so much that she decided to work toward her black belt, and received her 1st degree black belt this past December 2016. She is also a Life member because her next goal is to be an instructor too. The instructors and Masters are amazing and motivate the kids constantly. I definately recommend Parks Taekwando.

Adebola Morton reviewed Park's Taekwondo Federation
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Our friends referred us to this program and my kids love it! We had signed up for other martial arts programs in the area but this is the best by far. My 6 year old is doing a lot better with his focus and very attentive. My 9 year old absolutely loves it. It brings out the competitive spirit in him. We also love the Day camp and aftercare program! They pick them right after school at 2pm. So convenient for busy working moms and dads.

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5 Reasons Kids Thrive with Taekwondo

Sometimes a confident and self-assured preschooler will meet grade school and find that many of the lessons learned there have been forgotten by older kids. Likewise many students making the transition from elementary to middle school find the rules that they once understood change yet again. Bullying is a factor in development at all ages, and while a recent Department of Education study shows that there is a decline in bullying, the numbers are still shocking. Students from 12 to 18 years of age reported that 22 percent are bullied at school. While this is a drop from 28 percent, it makes very little difference to the children who must face this every day.

Professionals such as teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators can intervene, but very little is done to help the child who has been bullied. The focus is in general on stopping the bullying, and can paradoxically lead to the child being ostracized, or being bullied by other children. They often feel helpless, alone, traumatized, anxious, and depressed.

Moreover, kids do not report being bullied when it happens, they may even be afraid to report it. The long-term effects of bullying can be devastating, causing one in 10 kids to drop out of school. While I am not minimizing the value of psychotherapy, or professional intervention, I do advocate vigorously for children to learn martial arts. There are reasons that children thrive in the atmosphere of a dojo, and the reasons are documented even by such institutions of higher learning as West Point.

Kids, even those who are struggling with a bullying situation, can thrive with martial arts. Yes, physical fitness is important, but it is the emotional and mental factors that can help the most.

  • Self-Confidence: Appropriate confidence levels are desperately important. A child’s development and future in the world depends on them having the confidence to execute behaviors such as going to school, raising their hands in class, and even doing homework. People with self-confidence are more relaxed, and feel more positive emotions, which allow them to be relaxed and calm in high stress situations.
  • Self-Discipline: Martial arts helps develop the self-discipline that children need to succeed. By working their way through the belt system they understand that nothing comes easy, and when you’re learning there is a definite process for everything. Self-control is consistently and positively reinforced and rewarded.
  • Realistic Goals: The belt system and the nature of friendship in the organization shows that goals are realistic, attainable, and that skills can be learned. There is very little that can replicate the pride of achievement and attainment.
  • Self-Respect: self-respect simply means that you know that you are behaving with honor, dignity, and pride in yourself. Self-respect is instrumental in keeping children aware of their value as human beings and helping them to avoid toxic situations and relationships.
  • Communication Skills: Communication isn’t just using your ears or mouth – or your thumbs when you’re texting – but a set of quantifiable skills. Teaching and learning within a martial arts framework requires excellent skills in communication on the part of the instructor, who then teaches them to the younger protégés. Communication skills are very much learn by doing, and comprise more than just talking and listening.

I sincerely hope that your child has not been bullied, and that they never are. It doesn’t build character; if anything it actively harms character development in children. If they have been bullied, I hope that you will consider allowing them to experience the martial arts as a healing and instructional experience.