Walking Tall

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, June 5, 1998

Go with me? It's recommended for stress reduction and touted for self-defense. It teaches self-discipline and builds self-esteem. And, praises be, it claims to lengthen attention span. Whatever is it that can do so much and just happens to be fun?

I'm talking about the study and practice of martial arts. Kids, don't hang around the house this summer bugging Mom and Dad that you're bored. Tell them you're a Can Do Kid who wants to enroll in Tae Kwon Do. There are a number of schools in town with a variety of schedules that will fit around baseball, camp, or computer games.

You'll get a neat uniform (it's included with signup for most introductory classes) and you'll learn some cool moves. But you'll go back to school this fall with much more than that. Tae Kwon Do teaches you honor, courtesy, and integrity too.

Those are the basic tenants of this way-of-life sport, along with perseverance, self-control, and courage. You'll learn how to set goals, and reach them. You'll learn how to focus on what you're doing. With practice, your muscles and mind will memorize the moves that make you walk taller and stand straighter.

Parents, does this sound good? School-age children take to it naturally, but it's just as beneficial for grownups, and some places offer family discount memberships. Kids, encourage Mom and Dad to come along. Learn good skills, and good principles, together.

Here are some hints for finding the right school for your needs:
1. Drop in for a demonstration and a chat with the instructor.
2. Ask about qualifications and experience.
3. Inquire about standards for safety.
4. Compare prices.

Once you've found the fit, sign up, stay focused, and start walking tall. See you there.

Chattanooga, Tennessee
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