Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Home Secured By Taekwondo

So I've never given martial arts a second thought. Mostly I associate it with the instructor from Napoleon Dynamite.
But I was on a mission to find an activity that would be good for Tobin this summer. He was offered a free class in Taekwondo (or Twantaedo, as Tobin calls it) so we went and I watched to see if Tobin liked it. He was hooked right away. After only six lessons I can see a major improvement in Tobin's attitude, coordination (Tobin trips over air molecules......a few times a day.) focus, and esteem. He is required to do four chores at home daily with out being asked. Weekly he turns in his progress reports from home and school to make sure that he is behaving like a black belt in training. As a parent I welcome this new tool to use to motivate this little ninja to do what he is told the first time. And as a mom it melts my heart to see him focus on something for 45minuets and respond with, "Yes Sir!" after each command during class. So look out Rex Kwon Do, Tobin is moving in.

14 comments:

Jen Green said...

Nobody wants a round house kick to the face from someone wearing patriotic hammer pants.

Sharon said...

Tell "Marshal" that he's doing a heckuva job! Pastor Ben is looking forward to checking out his new moves.

Marshal, Martial, Marshell. (Sorry, I had a Brady Bunch moment)

Angela said...

Yep, little ninja is right!

Meghan said...

Go Tobin! He is such a cute pie...I had always thought he looked so much like Matt, but he is looking a lot like you Becca!!

Stefanie said...
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Stefanie said...

Tobin,

We are so proud of you doing Taekwondo. And keep up the great work at home too.

Daphne loves her new train!

Love you,
Auntie Stef

Jen said...

There are two Jen Green's in your life? Who knew!!! I was so confused reading that comment...for a minute I thought I had forgotten posting something! And I know I'm not married to a man in uniform!

So, back to the subject at hand...

Tobin is ROCK ON stud boy. Seriously. Get that kid an agent.

~ the other Jen green

Crystal said...

I'm excited to hear his progress!

Jenny vick said...

that is the cutest thing i've ever seen. Makayla thinks that martial arts are the coolest thing ever, (especially after watching kung foo panda). I've often wondered if she would go for it or not. But if it will get her to do chores at home....I'll take her there everyday :)

Kim H. said...

How cute!! I'm so glad that he's enjoying it and that you're seeing the benefits so quickly. It's so interesting how an interest in martial arts can transform their whole lives... maybe kids should start taking classes at age 2... might do wonders for those "terrible twos!" HA!

Tiffany said...

Awesome that you found something he's loving. Does he know though that he can't use his new moves on Mommy when he gets mad? Only on Dad...

Christi said...

That's so cool how they integrate it into their whole daily lives...I had no idea it was that cool.

momaof4 said...

Way to go Tobin!!!
You will have to teach the boys some moves in Sunday School...I am sure teacher Joelle won't mind at all :)

Rachel said...

Tobin looks so tough in his outfit (is that the right word??)! He looks so happy!
Sawyer keeps telling Scott she wants to do that...after reading your post, I'm feeling like that'd be a great idea after all!!