At Taekwondo Cymru, we are working hard to ensure our classes offer inclusive martial arts for all. This means, those with impairments, ADHD or learning difficulties are encouraged to attend a session and reap the many wellness benefits that taekwondo has to offer.
With the support of Disability Sport Wales, we offer a safe environment for children to practice the martial arts and pick up valuable life skills along the way. We understand Taekwondo is not a treatment for these learning issues but it can certainly aid with focus, confidence and self-esteem.
Take it from someone who knows! David Howcroft, now an Instructor at Cardiff Met, has ADHD himself and gives his account below:
Benefits of Taekwondo:
Repetition and routines - movements are broken down by instructors to help children memorise them.
Concentration - children will learn a variety of stances, including the traditional 'ready-stance'. Should their attention drift, this is a great way for the instructor to grab their attention and start again.
Coordination - movements and routines help children understand an awareness for their body and space.
Discipline - instructors will offer children clear rules in the dojang. These rules create boundaries which are constantly reinforced.
Safety - taekwondo can provide an outlet for excess energy on approved safety mats. We also offer full body protective equipment including face masks. Children often feel more confident wearing these.
Respect - all children are shown respect in class - bullying will not be tolerated in the dojang.
To find out more, please pop in to a session at Cardiff Met Uni, Cyncoed Campus. You will find friendly instructors, Alan and David, waiting to help.
Classes: Wednesdays 7 - 8:15pm
*YOUR FIRST 2 WEEKS AT CARDIFF MET ARE FREE OF CHARGE*