SECRET  #5:   CREATING VALUE Here’s a tip: go to the library and read some business books on customer service.   None of this is “rocket science.”   Most of it is just common sense, courtesy, and honesty.  Here are a few recommendations:  SWIM WITH THE SHARKS, IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE, and CUSTOMERS FOR LIFE. Here are SEVEN […]

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Secret #4: create a smooth, personalized transition to K4K Once a TIGER turns age SIX, we watch him closely, looking for signs of the need to move to K4K.  We always do a “training conference” with the family to make plans for this transition.  It ‘s a great opportunity to build value.  More on that […]

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Secret #3: progress is slow              In my school, over the last twelve to fifteen years, we have used TWO different advancement formats before settling on the one that has worked best for us.  At first, there was PLAN #1: advance them every three months.  This approach worked rather well because they spent THREE FULL […]

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Secret #2: TIGER class is not about punching and kicking “But we are teaching Taekwondo!”   You shout!  Yes, indeed we are.   Our Taekwondo program, however, is a vehicle through which we teach discipline and character.  In fact, I believe that the development of physical skill in Taekwondo parallels a child’s physical growth pattern.  In other […]

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A Scary Situation!   You’re standing in front of FIFTEEN   3, 4, and 5-year olds about to teach some “kids karate.”   These are the youngest, newest, and lowest ranks in your school: the TINY TIGER BASIC class. Some are lying down; some are asking for a drink of water; one is crying to go see […]

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It’s Tiny Tiger testing, or whatever you call it–advancement, graduation, rank promotion.   This one little  4-year-old boy is slightly distracted by all the activity, and just stands there, still.   He’s been an average student, never really disruptive, but also never super enthusiastic either.   But he’s been in class twice a week and has been doing […]

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What about all the rest?  Weapons, sparring, self-defense, breaking, leadership? Although the Songahm forms help us to organize most of the Taekwondo curriculum, what about weapons, sparring, self-defense, and leadership?  (In the interest of brevity, I will only discuss WEAPONS in this issue.) Every instructor faces the challenge of ORGANIZING all this additional material so […]

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Age-based instruction I’m always amazed when someone asks, “Can my 10 year old be in class with my 4 year old.  I don’t want to drive back and forth more than I have to.” This is a tough question to answer, but you need to get it straight in your heart and decide HOW YOU […]

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Location: Student Union, Any University Time: Fall of any year Who: Two college students “What are you taking this semester?” “I finally finished those required math classes!  Now I get to take some core subject classes.  I’m taking 19th Century American Novels right now and in the spring, I’ll get to do a class in […]

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Asking questions in class: Part 2 it’s simple:  “no one needs to ask questions in class!” Thanks to all the instructors for commenting on this question, especially mr. rex veeder, my original instructor and taekwondo inspiration.   thank you, sir, for all you did for me. at the risk of creating a  “i walked to […]

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