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    TKD Training for 18 Month Olds?

    I was flipping through the Yellow Pages to see what all was in there under martial arts and I found this. I added the red arrow. I've read you guys complain about 8 year old black belts but I've never heard of martial arts training for 18 month olds. I thought about calling to see if my pregnant wife (she's not really pregnant) could start training so that our fetus has enough training to have his Black Belt test upon birth.

    Well, the birthday parties sound fun...and ooh! Good grades too.


    Start 'em early, that's what I say. 18 months sounds a bit late to start, considering all the positive benefits training provides.

    Heh heh.


      what the shit?
      how come it's "Brice's Taekwondo" but they offer KARATE for kids


        That's ATA marketing for you...those are all ATA programs.

        Gringo Grande
        MMA Record vs Llamas 0-1-0
        (The Llama bit my junk but the ref didn't see it).


          What does ATA stand for?


            At least it's parents and tot's. Seems more like and aerobics class for mom's and their little kids. To bad they are calling in martial arts though.




                ^^ I agree. Trust me, at 18 months, they arnt going to remember much, or anythign from there training. It would be much more cost effecent to start at like minimum at 4. Unless there doing it for free, by the time they reach 4 they'll be hable to do 3 kicks.


                  OMG, i just noticed TKD gives you good grades. I'm gonna take it now. Schools gonna be a easy now. :D


                    Oh my god...

                    FUCKING NO.

                    Teaching 4-7 year olds is hard enough, but 18 MONTH olds? Holy shit...

                    Seriously, does the phrase "you're not old enough yet" not exist in the English language anymore?

                    This ad makes Baby Jesus cry...


                      Do they even allow someone at 18 months to do tee ball or soccer or whatever? This is pretty absurd even for TKD.


                        I dunno, As long as they aren't making little kids blackbelts or hyping them up as skilled fighters, it's not that bad. My daughter learned to walk by holding the bottom rope of a ring, and I have a play area in my school for the little kids to use while the parents work out. It could be something like that.

                        Of course, this is TKD, so who knows until someone visits.


                          Originally posted by iamamonster
                          What does ATA stand for?
                          American Taekwondo Association


                            Originally posted by Choke
                            Do they even allow someone at 18 months to do tee ball or soccer or whatever? This is pretty absurd even for TKD.
                            lots of places like the YMCA offer tumbling type classes for that age group (with their parents). This probably is not very different - unless they claim to make them fighters and award rank


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