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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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What Is Good Sportsmanship?

Looking around, the world is more in need of good sportsmanship than ever before. The definition of sportsmanship has been buried by a culture of winning at all costs. This culture is not only about being poor losers, but poor winners as well. Unfortunately, adults – parents, coaches, and teachers – bear a huge amount of the responsibility for a toxic “winner” culture that doesn’t teach fair play and instead sets the onus for adult goals on the shoulders of kids. As kids look up to and love adults, and want their approval and love, they learn and model this behavior. Racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination have no place in sports. Nor does having a child in competition entitle anyone to display behavior that would be cause for criminal harassment or assault charges or a 72 hour psychiatric hold anywhere else.

Five Tenets of Taekwondo

Taekwondo teaches the foundation of good sportsmanship by teaching the five core tenets.

  • Courtesy: Politeness and respect for others, behaving in a well-mannered and civil fashion.
  • Integrity: Showing good character, honestly, prudence, and decency. Behaving ethically and morally.
  • Perseverance: Purposefully pursuing a course of action despite of difficulty, resistance, or discouragement.
  • Self-Control: Keeping ones emotions, desires, and impulses in check, and exercising control in their expression.
  • Indomitable Spirit: The spirit that can’t be broken or conquered, the strength of spirit that comes from the knowing one’s self.

Good athletes know that these five virtues are the foundations that real winners and real leaders need to stand on. Teaming up with Fair Play International, Classroom Champions has a series of videos hosted by Olympic athletes that speak to the virtues of fair play and good sportsmanship, and push back against a culture of winning before anything else. I would urge students, parents, and teachers to watch these videos together and discuss them, and how to deploy these lessons together in their daily lives. Also check out the videos and lessons in goal setting, community, teamwork, and leadership. You will find them not only inspiring, but actionable.

It takes one bad apple to make the whole barrel rot, or so the saying goes, so isn’t it a better idea to treat the apple before the rot can start? Sportsmanship starts with the adults modeling the behavior they want to see, and adults must be responsible for calling out other adults on their behavior. Young people must also be responsible for calling out their peers when their peers engage in unsportsmanlike conduct, and adults must support that. We as a community must all be the changes that we want to see, with no excuses or pointing fingers. We must show courtesy, integrity, perseverance, and self-control, and the indomitable spirits of true winners and leaders. Whether you practice Taekwondo or not, you are still a part of our federation, a member of our community, and we welcome you always to talk about these things with us and share your own stories.