Tiger Tots get a kick out of taekwondo thanks to SKIES

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The smile says it all for this “Tiger Tot” who finds himself sky high as he goes through a taekwondo practice drill with his instructor. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Chin, Hyun-joon
The smile says it all for this “Tiger Tot” who finds himself sky high as he goes through a taekwondo practice drill with his instructor. — U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Chin, Hyun-joon

Tiger Tots get a kick out of taekwondo thanks to SKIES

by: Lee, Eun-byul, USAG Daegu Public Affairs Office | .
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published: March 30, 2013

DAEGU GARRISON — There are Taekwondo (TKD) classes at Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) located at the Child Development Center on Camp Walker. Among the classes, is a Tiger Tots class for small children wishing to study this martial art.

The class, which is held every Tues. and Wed., runs from 11 to 11:30 a.m., and again from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Currently, the TKD class has seven children enrolled, but can take up to a maximum of 10 individuals per training session.

Taekwondo is a Korean traditional exercise using hands, feet, and even the whole body. “Tae” means kicking, “Kwon” means fist, and “Do” means ways to self-discipline. By utilizing TKD skills and technologies, people are said to improve their quality of life. Taekwondo seeks to harmonize one’s physical development in various areas such as balance, muscular strength, endurance, quickness and safety.

According to Enrique Silva, coordinator of the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Schools of Knowledge Inspiration Exploration & Skills (SKIES), Tiger Tots is a good way to promote the Korean culture aspect to the Army community family.

“I believe it is an experience of a lifetime to say that some of our own children are taking in the Korean culture, and as a result, are able to take those experiences with them, and possibly make them a better person in the future." he said.

“The Tiger Tots establishes the foundation for upper level training because the child is learning class room etiquette, has the discipline and understands the basic forms of kicking and punching," Silva said. "This allows them to focus on other more advanced techniques--hence a great start toward building an Olympic contender.”

Taekwondo helps growth in three ways In the mental aspect, TKD is helpful in developing social skills. This is especially important to those who are passive and introverted. A second advantage is found in the process of acquiring “pum-sae,” which is a series of TKD movements that include methods of offense and defense. From this aspect, students develop their ability to think and concentrate. Third, children can gain invaluable assets by learning to have consideration to and for others. They also learn why society needs voluntary service. In the physical aspect, TKD also results in a balanced development of each part of the body through regular and repetitive exercising.

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