East Brunswick library introduces taekwondo for tots

March 11, 2014 by  

Parents of small children in East Brunswick now have a new activity to add to their list.

The East Brunswick library has added a taekwondo program to its list of youth events. The class is currently held every other Tuesday at 11:00 am. Children ages two through five are welcome to attend, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

The class led by Master Yong Kim from World Champion’s K Taekwondo, located in nearby Franklin Park and Chatham.

During the usually 30-minute sessions, children start with a warm-up and stretching. They then work their way through basic taekwondo forms, such as kicking, punching, and board breaking.

So far, people have enjoyed the new program, according to the youth services librarian, Suzanne Klein. Although the program has been a success so far, the library could attempt to raise interest in it by using printing services to create posters and postcards to advertise it.

Master Yong Kim stated that he is enjoying working with the kids. He noted that the sport improves coordination and strength, while boosting self-confidence and concentration.

Kids seem to be enjoying the sessions as well. Four-year-old Faiz has been attending with his mom, Haleema Abdul-Hameed, who said:

“It’s a great opportunity and active way for him to learn. This teaches him discipline and he gets to meet other children.”