To Kill a Bad Habit (With Taekwondo) Pt 1

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This is the first post in a series of blog posts that cover one mom’s experience enrolling her child in Martial Arts for the first time. Jolene and her son Cayden live in Highlands Ranch, CO. Cayden is 7-years-old and a white belt in Taekwondo.

Hi there, it’s nice to meet you! Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re a mom (or dad) of a kiddo who is wondering what you’ll get out of Taekwondo classes. Cayden just started his lessons last week.

The Problems

Here are some of the challenges we had faced prior to enrolling Cayden at Karate Denver.

  • Talking back
  • Refusing to do things when first asked
  • Not completing his chores
  • Slacking off in school and on his homework
  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Not confident and afraid to assert himself (when appropriate)

The Taekwondo Solution

At his first class, Cayden was given a set of items that could earn him a stripe on his belt. One of those things is to have his teacher sign a paper stating that Cayden is being respectful in school and getting his work done. Well. Let me tell you about the bat book.

The bat book is a project that Cayden had been putting off working on everyday because he was spending too much time daydreaming. Cayden’s teacher told him on Monday that he wouldn’t sign the paper unless he was able to finish his bat book by the end of the week. When I picked Cayden up at school today, I learned that he had put the pedal to the metal and completed the entire book today! Now he is able to earn a stripe at his next class and he is THRILLED!


Another task he has been given to do is his chores. His chores each day are as follows:

  • Put all dirty clothes in his hamper at the end of the day
  • Pick up all toys and put them away each evening
  • Make his bed in the morning

Now, I realize this doesn’t sound like a lot. But it has been like pulling teeth, trying to get him to do ANY chores. It’s thrilling that he has been doing these items each day without being asked.

Finally, he has another paper that I check off if he does his work outs each night. These consist of some beginner patterns, sit-ups, and pushups. He does them faithfully each night after dinner!

Going Forward

Cayden constantly asks when his next class will be because he is ecstatic and so proud of himself for completing everything he was asked to do. He was also told to respond to requests from me or his dad with “yes, mam” or “yes,sir”. We have heard nothing but this from him!

One of the things that I hear a lot in the city that I live in is “it’s so safe here, why would I need to put my child in Taekwondo lessons?”. Well, I know that I’m not the only one who can describe their son or daughter like I did of Cayden prior to starting his classes. You can get a 30 day free trial at Karate Denver, so what have you got to lose?

What questions do you have about Taekwondo and children? We’d love to hear it in the comments below!

Jolene Rheault

Jolene works as a marketing professional but full-time as a mom. She lives in Highlands Ranch, CO with her 7-year-old son, husband, 2 cats, and a bearded dragon named Jerry.

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