The simple answer is – NO!
In a world where the princess is rescued by her handsome prince and where the damsel in distress is saved by the gallant hero, it is a challenge for little girls to picture themselves as strong and enabled.
While our culture has tended to focus on the rights of women in the workplace, consumers are still asked “is this gift for a boy or girl?” Many of our most powerful world leaders have been women and yet, a great number of young girls are still afraid to be confident in themselves, in their abilities, and in their ambitions.
The martial arts give girls the means by which they can develop self-esteem, self-confidence and focus, and, of course, a wonderful physical workout! All participants are on equal ground and are valued for their abilities not their gender.
And, as girls get older and face more difficult situations in their lives, the martial arts can provide a skill set that will serve them well outside the dojang. The obvious scenario is one of self-defense and awareness of a bad situation. Additionally, girls learn to interact with boys in a way that develops their confidence, strength and ability to form good friendships. These attributes can lead to safer dating and, of course, the ability to self-defend. There is gender equality, and each gender sees the other as both strong and vulnerable.
But there is so much more than equality and defense. What of the challenges of bullying? Of cliques? Of internet pressures, such as selfies and gossip? In addition to the development of self-esteem, girls can take out their frustrations and physically release any negative emotions in a positive and supportive environment. They can focus on goals and positive feelings in a level playing ground, with a non-judgmental support group. And they can see that they can be feminine and strong at the same time.
The girls who attend our programs see firsthand the benefits of Taekwondo – our own Mrs. Trautwein is highly respected in her field and in the community. So why not come in and talk to Mrs. Trautwein or one of our instructors to see if Taekwondo is right for your daughter? It could make a difference in her life!