For the last 4 years, my family has been doing taekwondo together. My oldest son became a black belt in September and the rest of us are getting ready to test. For our community service project, we decided to make a fun book for kids, called Superhero Kick Team: Pencils Down about third grade superheroes who use skills they learn in taekwondo class to navigate bullies, school and crazy older sisters. There’s even a lunch lady who is trying to turn all the food into vegetables. We had a lot of fun making it. The proceeds from the book will go to the JK Lee City Youth Program, which is a is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that brings martial arts to families in low income areas. JK Lee builds leaders and the classes they hold in these underserved communities build stronger communities and stronger, more confident kids.
Being a kid today is tough. One of the things that keeps me awake at night is worry that my kids don’t have the skills to deal with everything society and school will throw at them. Yes, I want them to do well academically. However, I also want them to be able to stand tall, look their peers in the eye with confidence and say “no” when everybody else is saying “yes.” Martial arts is so much more than kicking and punching. We started taekwondo because I wanted my kids to gain confidence and focus and I also wanted something fun we could learn and do together. Since joining, I’ve seen both of my kids do the right thing when the wrong choice would have been easier.
Taekwondo has done so much for my family and it’s been wonderful watching my kids make friends, overcome obstacles and gain confidence. It gives them tools to deal with bullies and lessons every day in perseverance and kindness. Amazing things happen when kids are confident and supported. They stand taller. They do the right thing. It goes beyond class and touches all aspects of their lives, making communities stronger. I think every kid should have the opportunity to learn these skills in a fun, supportive environment. This is why we picked the City Youth fund for our community service project.
This book makes a great gift for all of the little superheroes in your life. Please help us support this great program. Check it out on Amazon here.
You can learn more about our taekwondo journey here:
Fight like a Mom (my first time sparring)