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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!

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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.

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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

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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 ��

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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 !!!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 Self-Confidence?

Self-confidence is a natural outgrowth of self-discipline. Self-confidence is the belief-even when your’e nervous or scared-in one’s own judgment and abilities. I have to return to learning to walk to describe it.

As an adult, you are fairly confident in your ability to walk. You know how, you’ve been doing it for years! A baby isn’t confident of their ability to walk, but they see you doing it, and so they want to do it, too. They’re not good at it right away, which is why we call them toddlers, but eventually they do learn. You can’t give someone self-confidence, though you can help them to develop it.

  • Show them love and affection. It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s not. Withholding love, approval, and affection until something is done “right” teaches a child that love is a transaction. It leaves a child starved for love and care that should come unconditionally.
  • Compliment their not only their successes, but their attempts. “I’m so proud of you. You did so well!” and “You did just fine, and i know you’ll do even better next time.” They’re often just what a kid needs to hear when they’re on a rocky footing with themselves.
  • Develop your own self-confidence. Parents who come from abusive homes, experienced traumatic life events, or who have exited abusive relationships often have problems with self-confidence themselves, and don’t know how to model it for their children. This is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your children-learn it with them.
  • Never compare them to their siblings or to other children. “Well, so-and-so was playing the piano by the time she was seven!” or “You sister is so much nicer/prettier/smarter than you.” Nothing tanks a child’s self-confidence like their parent seeming to prefer another child over them.
  • You want to protect your child and make things easy for them, to give them the advantages or help that you didin’t have when you were younger. However, beign a Helicopter parent can actually stunt the development of emotional resilience. This is a key trait that promotes perseverance and self-reliance. Kids need to learn how to bounce back from dissapointments and setbacks that they’re going to face as they grow.
  • Don’t belittle or invalidate their feelings. What might not seem to be a big deal to us can mean so much to a child. Belittling or telling them not to feel that way is a way to break the trust that a child needs to have in you. If they don’t feel that they can confide in you now, they’re not going to trust you in their tweens and teens.
  • Help them to focus on the “glass half full.” Children blame themselves for so much, and see the darkest side of things as a reflection of their own fears. Help your child to focus on the good instead of fearing failure and not even wanting to try. Looking and failing are parts of learning and growing, and not everyone gets what they want and work for all the time.
  • Encourage their interests, even if you don’t share them. An activity does not need to be interesting to you as a parent to interest your child. If you can’t muster enthusiasm for the activity, then simply support your child’s interest in cooking, or drawing, or playing water polo.
  • Don’t try to make them “fit in” encourage them to develop their unique strenghts and abilities and stand out.
    Self-confidence and self-esteem might seem like the same thing, but self-esteem is different. Self-esteem means that your child values themselves, and is confident in their own worth as a human being. Self-esteem is much maligned as “everyone gets a medal” but it is do much more than that. It is absolutely essential for a child to understand their worth as a person, and how that comes from having both self-discipline and self-confidence.

Closing Words:

I think that there is no job more difficult than being a parent in the modern age. With the influence of movies, television, video games, and social media, it becomes more important than ever to impart the values of Tae Kwon Do to our children. Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit must take the place of incivility, corruption, inconstancy, self-indulgence, and mindlessness if we are to have a future or a world worth living in at all.

We are not just a sport, or an activity, we are helping to build a better future for every child, one child at a time.

Source: Parents Minibook – Building Your Child’s Self-Discipline and Self-Confidence.
by Parks Taekwondo