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Mallory Thornton reviewed Fort Bend Taekwondo
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My daughter's experience with Taekwondo has been so much deeper than learning Taekwondo itself. Ms. Chapman's program has provided lessons in endurance, responsibility, courage and instructing others. I cannot say enough about the growth I have seen in my daughter in all of these areas. I highly recommend Taekwondo but more specifically recommend the Fort Bend Taekwondo program. Mallory Thornton

Adam Richardson reviewed Fort Bend Taekwondo
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We have two boys at Ft Bend Taekwondo with Coach Carol currently and we all love it there. This is a very family oriented environment from the top down for both the children and the parents. Not only does Coach Carol teach Taekwondo but she teaches the students life lessons and helps them follow and live by the Taekwondo Tenets. our boys have been students for around three years now. It is amazing to see how much they have grown as young men because of Coach Carol and her coaching staff. Ft Bend Taekwondo is also not just about Taekwondo. Coach Carol is always looking for different events to put on or attend as a school for the students AND parents to grow in all ways in their lives. We love this school, Coach Carol and all her supporting staff and always recommend Ft Bend Taekwondo to anyone and everyone. Adam Richardson

Brianna Bacher reviewed Fort Bend Taekwondo
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My mom and dad wanted me to join Taekwondo, but I was reluctant too. I am sure glad that I listened to my parents and joined Fort Bend Taekwondo. From the moment I walked into Fort Bend Taekwondo, Mrs. Chapman and her staff made me feel comfortable and safe. They welcomed me in and I found myself wanting to learn all the kicks, forms and excercises they Had to teach me. Initially, I was scared and not very confident in myself or my abilities. I didn't believe I had what it takes to do Taekwondo. Mrs. Chapman quickly proved me wrong. With each new form she taught me and new kick I learned, I felt more confident in myself. Not only did I feel myself getting physically stronger, I felt my mind getting stronger too. My mind was becoming more clear and I could focus better. At each class Mrs. Chapman and her staff make learning fun. They are always there to offer help and encouragement. I find myself always wanting to do my best. Fort Bend Taekwondo is a great place to learn new things, build strength, increase confidence and build great friendships. I am so happy to be part of the Fort Bend Taekwondo family. Sincerely, Brianna Bacher

Oyuki Morales reviewed Fort Bend Taekwondo
5
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It's been close to a year that we've been with Mrs. Carol at Fort Bend Taekwondo.Mrs Carol is a wonderful instructor, that makes the classes fun but also teaches the kids discipline. I recommend coming here, it's a wonderful after school activity for our children to invest their time and it teaches self control, and manners while having FUN!

Heather Knitter reviewed Fort Bend Taekwondo
5
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I absolutely love Fort Bend Taekwondo. The whole crew is amazing. The owner, Carol, is a rock star. Classes are exciting and fun. My son looks forward to class each time. He has gained self-confidence and it is so wonderful to see him feel proud of his accomplishments. This has really helped us, and I cannot say enough wonderful things about Carol and her crew. She takes the time to know each student and make them feel welcome. Our family <3's Fort Bend TaeKwonDo!!!!

Cyndi Williams reviewed Fort Bend Taekwondo
5
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This is a great program, we have seen positive changes in our kids. Mrs. Chapman is amazing, her and all her staff and care so much about every student. We LOVE this program. A++

Allan Webber reviewed Fort Bend Taekwondo
5
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Our youngest boy, Patrick, has been going there for 6 months now where he is now a orange belt. He is not sporty and I have been pleased how he has progressed. Initially he was pretty un-cordinated and I have watched him grow in his form and confidence. I was concerned that he would loose interest but the good news is he is still enthusiastic about going. He is making some new friends there.

It is not all work either where there is a fun side to the practices. Most practices end with a game of dodgeball with the ball being thrown by the instructors. Patrick was delighted with getting to be the last one on his birthday and speaking of birthdays, the kids get to break a board on their birthday. (Patrick has his proudly on display in his bedroom).

In addition, Carol runs the occasional Saturday play evening to give the parents a day off. Patrick has attended 2 - one a Nerf party, the other a Pokemon night- and he loved then both.

I am looking forward to the new building which is a bit further away just off the feeder (I live very near today) but it will offer improved parking.

Anna Frederick Henderson reviewed Fort Bend Taekwondo
5
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Mrs. Chapman made our whole group feel comfortable as we tried out TaeKwonDo for the first time. I was impressed stepping foot in the door, a well-equipped, clean, organized studio that was ready and waiting for us! A huge thanks to Carol Chapman and Nora!

Mathew Abraham reviewed Fort Bend Taekwondo
5
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We love this place. We have a 5 year old who is pretty timid in large group settings. We went to 4 martial arts places in the Katy area. The minute we walked into FBT we knew we'd love it. Everyone was so informative and friendly and were so great with my son and put him right at ease from the minute he walked in. Now he has been a member for about 6 months. He doesn't complain about going, is motivated to practice at home and is totally motivated to win the weekly stripes on his belt. The two things I love the most about the lessons are the importance of discipline and the lessons. I feel like these days our kids have so many distractions and I love that in these lessons the teachers force the kids to focus on what they are doing and the instructions they are giving out. The other thing I really like is that in every class about 5-8 minutes is spent talking about important life skills, memory skills, determination, confidence and so on. Its more than just physical activity, its really a way of life.

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3 tips to help your child when they worry too much

I had a student once, who had trouble with knowing his left from right. Time and time again, when a move in his form required him to go left, he’d go right, and vice versa. This continued long after the normal time it takes to process how we move in taekwondo. We thought perhaps he had dyslexia and was undiagnosed. After seeing several specialists, it was discovered that he didn’t have dyslexia – he had severe anxiety which caused him to be unsure of himself in taekwondo and other areas of his life.

Being blessed to have been teaching taekwondo in Katy/Richmond for 9 years now, I’ve seen my fair share of students who worry excessively, also known as having anxiety, at our school. Lately, though, it seems as if I’m seeing more and more children who are worrying a lot at taekwondo as well as at school and home.

So today, I’d like to offer you 3 tips on how to help your child when they worry too much.

  1. Let your child know what’s going to happen, and why. We start every student out with a private orientation prior to joining group class so we can explain to them what they’ll be doing when they come out onto the floor for class for the very first time. They know what to expect, and it calms a lot of fears before a student ever steps out onto the floor. If your child gets anxious at the thought of going somewhere new or trying something different, you can conduct your own “orientation” and let them know what to expect.
  1. Have your child “dial their wheel of thought”. If you’ve read any of my blogs, you know I refer to this phrase from The Whole Brain Child often. Here’s why. The brain essentially has two parts – the intellectual part and the emotional part. When a child gets anxious, the emotional part of the brain takes over and intellect goes right out the door (that’s how a child goes from being mildly anxious to “the word is ending” right before your eyes). We have to work on keeping the intellectual side of the brain in charge. In other words, you have to control your thoughts – not let them control you. Let’s say, for example, your child gets anxious whenever they have a test. Before the test, sit down with them, and draw a circle. On the outside of the circle, list all of their thoughts they have about taking the test – both positive and negative. Then, add a moveable arrow to your circle. Explain to them that they get to move the arrow to whichever thought they want to focus on – and not the other way around. So, when they begin to focus on that negative thought that causes their anxiety, remind them to dial their wheel to one of their positive thoughts. We discuss this a lot with our students who have to break boards – and that by dialing their wheel of thought to the details of the technique they are using, they can get those anxious thoughts under better control. This is a great long-term strategy for dealing with anxiety – but it’s one that does take time to implement successfully.
  1. Let your child work things out for themselves. It’s okay to worry. Worry helps us think through things to find the best answer to our dilemma. Allowing children to work on small issues on their own not only shows them they can figure things out for themselves, but it lessens their anxiety, too. And you get a bonus on this one too: once children realize they can do things on their own, their confidence soars. So the next time your child can’t figure out the answer to a math homework problem, don’t step in and do the problem for them. Offer loving guidance on how to find the right answer (maybe even do the I do-we do-you do method I discussed in my last blog).

These three tips, when used before your child becomes anxious, can help children overcome mild anxiety. If your child has anxiety to the point that they are having frequent meltdowns, refuse to do certain activities, or have very unusual behaviors caused by their anxiety, please be sure to seek professional help. There is no shame in your game when this needs to be done. In fact, it takes a really courageous family to admit there’s an issue that’s bigger than them and seek out help.