Tae Kwon Do teaching students more than just the basics

By Kamady Rudd | krudd@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/24 2014 08:05PM

Updated 07/25 2014 03:12PM

“Mostly it teaches focus, concentration, and discipline,” said Yong Zeeb, owner and instructor of Yong Zeebs Martial Arts Academy.

Three of the countless qualities that come from the dedication this group of kids put in to Tae Kwon Do. Qualities these instructors hope follow them home, and into the classroo

“School starts in a couple weeks so they can set their goals and achieve their goal in the future, not just the kick and punch,” said Zeeb.

“Increased grades in school because it does help with their concentration,” added Tae Kwon Do instructor Mark Greene.

This group of young athletes train at Yong Zeebs Martial Arts Academy in Bossier City, but on special occasions they travel to tournaments and that’s when they rack up the hardware…These gold, silver, and bronze finishers placed in the 2014 World Tae Kwon Do Alliance Pioneer Cup National Championship Tournament in Dallas over the weekend. Competing is just another teaching mechanism for these instructors…  

“This reinforces what we’ve been saying is that you’re awesome. The first thing we want them to do is win with dignity and the second is to lose with the same kind of dignity,” said Greene.

One of the reasons Tae Kwon Do is the most popular martial art form is there’s something for everyone.

“Tae Kwon Do you have form, you get good at self defense, you might be good at sparring, at board breaking, so you get the best out of your best talent,” Zeeb said.

And the health benefits are obvious also, and some even say it keeps you young at heart.

“They told me I’m a big kid, a big heart, like a kid. I really enjoy working with the children because I can develop their attitude, their self esteem, their discipline, focus,”

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