Taekwondo practitioners often speak of the benefits of Taekwondo training. Research has shown that social interaction gained through training in a group is a buffer against the stresses of life for adults, that long-term continued practice fosters greater independence for all ages, and that, with progressive training, children become more enthusiastic, optimistic, and self-reliant. There are many anecdotal reports from parents explaining how their children do better at school, both behaviorally and academically, and at home.
Taekwondo training may also increase one's self-concept, such as the beliefs that you have about yourself, as opposed to understanding who you are via other people's opinions of you. For instance, research has found that women training in Taekwondo have a greater physical, personal, and social identity and an increased satisfaction self-concept. Research has also shown that students who are more self-confident, and also compete in Taekwondo tournaments, are more likely to win their matches.
Some think Taekwondo training builds leadership qualities, but there is no research to substantiate this. One study that measured leadership qualities found no significant difference in leadership qualities between a group just beginning their training (0-2.4 years) and a group established in their training (1.5 + years). However, due to the small sample and some overlap in training time between the two groups, it would be difficult to find any statistical difference.
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