White- Signifies innocence, as that of a beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
Yellow- Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwon-Do foundation is being laid.
Green- Signifies the plant's growth as the Taekwon-Do skill begins to develop.
Blue - Signifies the Heaven, towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.
Red - Signifies danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and wqarning the opponent to stay away.
Black - Signifies Opposite of White, therefor, signifying maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do. It also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.
THREE FUNDAMENTAL Videos
Elements of Basic Form Standing, Hitting, and Kicking are demonstrated in the following Videos for Kids.
First Video Basic Movement is Kicking
Second Video Basic Movement is Hitting
Third Video Basic Movement is Stances
TKD for KIDS ages 3-7 years old.
The ITF Kids Program created by ITF-USA is a modified copy which primarily follows after the official children’s
program for the ITF. It is designed for children aged 3 to 7 years old.
1. One Bi-Monthly Achievement Awards Gold Blue or Silver Star
The tried and true
method of achieving life, Mind, Fitness, and Health are the visualization of
those awards worn on the Dobok. There are four stars.
2. SIX Grade Levels
One major advantage of using the “TKD for Kids” Program compared to the standard Taekwon-Do syllabus is that there are 6 grade levels to reach the Yellow Belt (8th Kup) level instead of 2.
3. The standard syllabus for junior & adults including the first step from White Belt (10th Kup) to Yellow Tag (9th Kup) is
not designed for very young children. The problem is that there are many
fundamental skills necessary to fulfil the requirements of performing various
Taekwon-Do techniques. A child may take time to develop the balance, coordination,
special awareness and muscle strength to perform these techniques to a
reasonable standard. Developing these skills in 6 smaller stages is more
suitable for the young children.
4. Reward System
This program uses a particular reward system
that focuses on rewarding the process of Taekwon-Do development. This process
includes developing learning skills, character development, mind skills, etc.
The emphasis is a combination of singular goals as
well as the journey or pursuit of the goal. .
What Benefits & Advantages do 3-7 year olds get at ITF KIDS
1. At basic Developmental Skills earn Advancement
through testing and is awarded by Four Color Stars attached to the Dobok collar
of each student. This basic Developmental Skills award system will carry over to Junior students. So the Star Awards for TKD, Mind, Attitude and Life Skills will be awarded from 3-17 year old Taekwon-Do Students. All four skills will be given a score and combined with a Team Score in the Total divided by 4 will determine the Color Star Awarded to both TKD Kids and Junior Students
1. TKD Skills,
2. Fitness Skills,
3. Mind Skills,
4. Life Skills,
GOLD Star 90 -100 points
SILVER Star 80 - 89 points
BLUE Star 70 - 79 points
2. At basic Martial Arts Skills earn Advancement through testing and is awarded by higher level belts.
These are the six Grade Level awards
1. White Belt with No Stripe
2. White Belt with Yellow stripe
3. White Belt with Green Stripe
4. White Belt with Blue Stripe
5. White Belt with Red Stripe
6. White Belt with Black Stripe
3. The implementation of our Program will prevent premature grading of children as black belts, because it leads up to the yellow belt grade, from where each child may go on with his/her natural learning cycle, having acquired an excellent technical and mental basis. Both Developmental skills (Theretical Knowledge) as well as Martial Arts skills (Applied Knowledge) is taught to prepare the student for entrance into ITF-TKD for Juniors Program.
4. The ITF KIDS Instructional Program developed principly by ITF International with a few modifications by ITF-TKD and is similiar to the Taekwon-do Kids Program introducted by ITF International. Consequently there are a few minor variances from the European perspective vs the American Pedagogical and structural reward systems.
6. The two primary approaches to the teaching of ITF KIDs applies the same methodology that General Choi used in the creation and establishment of Taekwon-do. Both Theoretical Knowledge and Apply Knowledge are essential into the formation of and making of ITF Black Belts. In ITF KIDS a modified version of both of these concepts and are applied for better instruction of children between the ages of 3 and 8 years of age.
THEORETICAL & APPLIED iNSTUCTION
TKD THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE
1. Knowledge of Korean Terms
2. Memorized TKD Movements
3. Demonstrate TKD Commands
4. Demonstrate ITF Tenets
5. Focus and Concentration
Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise
The TKD for KIDS Program uses a
wide range of activities including;
4. Role playing,
7. Problem solving exercises,
ITF-TKD uses a strategic reward system that gives positive
encouragement to all students, including the less able, by rewarding them for
their development. Most of the games use a system which ensures that the games
become a positive experience for the child which focuses on the developmental
aspects of the game in addition to the competitive aspect.
TKD APPLIED KNOWLEDGE
MARTIAL ART SKILLS
TAEKWON-DO SKILLS section includes the following topics:
3. Hand Attacks
Basic Turning Methods
1. 4 Direction Punch
2. 4 Direction Block
3. Pattern Chon Ji
0th-1st Gup Color Belt Videos - Diagrams/Detailed Description (Click on Colored Belt TUL BELOW for details CLICK on the Pattern NAME under PATTERN.)
. COORDINATION SKILLS :
1. Balancing on one leg
2. Suspended foot circular movement
3. Figure Eight circular foot movement
4. Leg Chambering
6. Arm Movements
7. Leg Movements
8. Trunk Movements
2. Imaginary Target
5. Indomitable Spirit
In this section we teach the students the Taekwon-Do Kid’s Promises and how to keep these promises. This involves teaching them about the "Tenets of Taekwon-Do" and how to observe them. As well as practising the Tenets of Taekwon-Do, the ‘promises’ also require the students to be kind and caring. Enabling the students to fulfil the ‘promises’ involves teaching them about
What ITF-TKD for KIDS PROMOTES IS
Wholesome: empathy, fairness, trust and respect;
we need to help them begin to understand what these qualities are and to consider how to behave in light of them.leading up to the greater understanding of the FIVE TENENTS.
LEARNING ABOUT DANGER
1. Learn the definition of ‘Danger’
2. Be aware of different kinds of hazards.
3. Staying Safe: Be aware that there are different degrees of danger.
4. Learn to reduce the risk of something dangerous happening.
1. Learn the definition of an ‘Emergency’.
2. Learn what do to in an emergency.
3. Understand which emergency service is required.
1. Learn basic fire safety rules.
2. Know what to do if they are on fire.
3. Know what to do if there is too much smoke.
1. Learn the definition of ‘Reckless Behaviour’.
2. Learn to say “No” to reckless behaviour.
1. Learn the definition of ‘Kidnapping’ and ‘Stranger’.
2. Learn how to deal with strangers.
3. Be aware of luring tactics.
4. Learn to choose wisely if they need help from a stranger.
5. Know what to do if they are lost.
1. Learn the definition of ‘Devious Behavior’.
2. Be aware of the dangers of keeping secrets.
1. Be aware or what kinds of behavior can make trouble.
2. Learn to say “No” to trouble making behavior.
1. learn the definition of ‘Bullying’.
2. Learn how to deal with bullying.
1. Learn the definition of ‘Aggressive Behavior’.
2. Learn how to deal with aggressive behavior.
3. Learn to be assertive rather than aggressive.
1. Learn the definition of a ’Gang’.
2. Learn how to deal with gangs that are aggressive or bully others.
Do I need to stay with the my child during the class?
This depends on the instructor and you should ask them for their opinion. Generally, it is better to stay in the vicinity of the class until you are sure that your child has settled in. It also give you an opportunity to see how the "ITF KIDS" program is taught. Parents observing the class should avoid interrupting the class and allow the instructors to lead the class. It is important for the students to realise that the teacher is in charge whilst the lesson is taking place.
Am I expected to help my child with the homework tasks?
It is always better to work with your child as it promotes a good parent/child relationship but for parents that are too busy we have activities on this website that help your child with various homework tasks.
Do I need to buy the Taekwon-Do Dobok straight away?
Some instructors will allow a grace period before you need to buy a dobok. It is strongly recommended that you buy it as soon as they join as it helps to make the child feel as part of the group.
What if my child doesn’t like the class?
Your child is very likely to enjoy the class as the lessons are fun based with many games and a wide variety of activities. Maybe a child will feel uncomfortable at first as it is a new environment for them. This does not mean the child dislikes the lesson. We want parents to realise that the "ITF KIDS" program is not just a fun activity but is also very important part of a child’s education. It is important that the parent perseveres to allow the child time to adapt to the class.
Will Taekwon-Do teach my child to be aggressive?
Learning kicking and punching does not create aggression when taught with the correct ethos. We teach techniques as a physical skill and any striking techniques are directed towards an inanimate object such as a target pad. We encourage the development of the tenets of Taekwon-Do, of which Courtesy and Self Control are important for preventing aggression. The program develops the child’s self-confidense which also contributes to the child’s ability to deal with conflicts. Also there is a section in the program that teaches the child to be assertive rather than aggressive.
How does the ‘ITF KIDS" program differ from other kids programs for the same age range?
It is not appropriate for us to speak on behalf of other programs but we can tell you what our program provides. When searching for a suitable program for your child, these are some of the important factors to consider:
- Aims and objectives of the program.
- Are the skills appropriate for the age group?
- The competence and proficiency of the instructor.
- What are you looking for?
- Do you need a program that develops cognitive as well as physical skill?
- The benefits of the program.
- The structure of the program.
- Does the program develop the child in a progressive way?
What happens when my child completes the program?
When your child graduates from "ITF KIDS" they will be ready to move to the mainstream class of the Cadets ages 8-13 then to Juniors age's 8-17 and eventually to Adult level which continues their journey to become higher and higher level black belt in Taekwon-Do.
My child is 6 years old. Is it too late to start the program?
No. Your child can join the program at any stage. If you child is 6 or 7 years old they will probably have already developed more prerequisite skills than a 3 or 4 year old. Therefore, they may skip the basic levels.
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