Inspired by my junior students and their incredible response to our new leadership curriculum

March 3, 2010

How do you teach leadership to young students? At Johnson's TaeKwonDo Academy, we take a multi-pronged approach to achieve maximum results. First of all, we hold all of our students accountable-no matter what rank they are. Even white belts in our martial arts school in Cary have tasks that they are given to train new students. Wait a minute! Isn't a white belt a new student. Sure and that's why their tasks are relatively small at first. A white belt student that has been with me for a week, for instance, would know a few things that a NEWER student would not. A newer student does not know the basic stances. The white belt student with only a week of training does. A new student does not know how to pull their training card. A white belt student does. By involving the students early on in the leadership of others, we are able to build the student from the ground up.

Secondly, We have a leadership curriculum that involves weekly leadership courses where Taekwondo students will either lead others in their "age-appropriate" projects or assist the young martial arts project managers. How many 7 year olds do you know who are given opportunities on a consistent basis to grow or show their leadership abilities?

Thirdly, we have put our leadership curriculum online. We have an online system that offers a student a unique login and password that allows them to earn points-which translates to a "virtual rank" or leadership rank on the system. Karate Students can earn points for listing living heroes, acts of courage, acts of discipline, etc and for also conducting leadership projects. And by incentivizing the program by offering virtual ranks, students are encouraged to continue the leadersip curriculum. This is what you are looking for in a karate program in cary, nc!

In closing, we are so excited that are young students are showing so much initiative in completing their leadership curriculum. At Johnson's TaeKwonDo & Leadership Academy, that is what we are trying to do. We want to encourage the students to take their skills out of the dojang and to put them to use in the world. Our training transcends the mat. We are unlike any karate program in cary, apex, morrisville, raleigh and beyond!!!! Join Us!

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