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Written by Mira Debs

A gem from our listserv last week in response to questions about martial arts for girls.  Check out other recommendations for martial arts on kidHaven’s newest addition, afterschoolHaven.  Have a question for other parents?  Join the kidhaven-schoolhaven listserv today!

We’ve been going to Woodbridge Taekwondo in the stop & shop plaza.  Master Kim and Master Banny are fantastic and the older student helpers are also very skilled.  I was a little skittish about
taekwondo (instead of gentler forms) but the kids seem to love it and I am amazed by their level of excellence.  Also, there are a lot of girls at this dojo, most probably because Master Banny is a wonderful
role model.  She is warm, fun/funny, great with kids, beautiful and lethal. She would make a great martial arts film star!

Also, we find it to be a great antidote to our perhaps overly-indulgent liberal parenting style—it’s kind of Korean boot camp with lots of emphasis on “respect” and “crisp determination” and the like.  Anyway, we love the place–Ro likes the structure and challenge, & we like the emphasis on respecting your parents and eating your vegetables! Wherever you decide, martial arts for girls is fantastic!

Melinda P.

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