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Mallory Thornton reviewed Fort Bend Taekwondo
5
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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
5
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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
5
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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!

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Important Info on Back to School

 

There are many trends that we notice over the course of the year. We all remember the “whip and the “Nae Nae” of which we are all tired of watching. The infamous “Dab”! Soon followed by bottle flipping and fidget spinners. There is also the pull of summer sports and travel where some students take a break from taekwondo before returning after the summer.

The next trend that is just around the corner comes with “back to school” season, now here for many of our students with the start of school just weeks away. This season can test even the stoutest of parent and student alike. During this time, I see many parents pull their children out of classes because of concern over “being prepared for school”, or “we just don’t think he can handle both school and taekwondo classes”.  I even hear the often, “My child is starting ____ grade. I just don’t know how they’re going to do, so we want to stop taekwondo classes.”

Before you decide to pull the plug on taekwondo classes, though, I’d really like for you to see that staying in taekwondo actually benefits students through the “back to school” transition.

This is because when we teach, we teach with the brain in mind!

All of our classes focus on generating what we call D.O.S.E.: Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins via our age specific classes, not simply teaching kicks, punches, and forms. This plays a major role in keeping our students balanced through the start of the school year.

One of the things we hear during “back to school” season is the concern over adapting to a new workload. One of the ways sticking with taekwondo will help is by triggering the release of Dopamine each and every class. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate emotional responses and enables us to both see and take action to achieve rewards. In nearly each class, we have a small goal for students. Sometimes its a stripe. Often its learning a new move, or new parts of their form. When students achieve a goal, it  triggers the release of dopamine and increases their desire to keep achieving their goals. With the release of Dopamine in class, students can head home and have the emotional stability needed to work on any challenging school work.

 Oxytocin is another key neurotransmitter that is triggered in our classes by creating positive social interactions. It is no surprise that fitting in, social anxiety, and bullying are real things that kids these days experience. Consistently having a lack of oxytocin can create negative effects on the brain which is why we provide the best in mentors, coaches, and the development of positive friendships. This will also help them develop the courage to step outside of their comfort zone and be more comfortable in stressful situations.

Have you ever noticed that your child was “moody”? This may occur more often in the midst of the summer to school transition (especially for our pre-teens!). This is because they are having to figure out how to balance all the challenges of the new year. What if you could help set them up to manage these emotions? You can! Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that is responsible for maintaining mood balance, as well as, social behavior, appetite, and memory. It is easily triggered by exercise and remembering joyous events, all of which are integral parts of every taekwondo class.

Finally, after sitting all day in a new environment, coming to their taekwondo class and getting moving again with a good workout is going to trigger the release of endorphins in their system. This means that they will be feeling more energized, motivated and in control at the end of class. Another key benefit of increased Endorphins is that sleep quality will increase. With a new, most likely earlier wake up time, increased sleep quality will do wonders for our students.

 As with all things in life, balance is the key! Not only do we strive to create a fun and safe environment to promote a physical balance but we also use science & psychology behind every class planner and drill to keep our students’ brains balanced as well.

All of this is to reach our end goal of helping every student become the best version of themselves!

Carol Chapman

Fort Bend TaeKwonDo