Son only looks forward to competitions, but not drills

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Hi Dr Tham, my son is 8 years old and is doing Taekwondo competitively. He is only looking forward to competitions now. But dreads going for training sometimes. Understand that training can be “boring” sometimes due to the drills. How can I make him enjoy training and these drills better?

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Hi Dr Tham, my son is 8 years old and is doing Taekwondo competitively. He is only looking forward to competitions now. But dreads going for training sometimes. Understand that training can be “boring” sometimes due to the drills. How can I make him enjoy training and these drills better?

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Posted on 24/07/2015

Thanks Victor for the question. Your son’s experiences in going through “boring” parts of training is something he has to learn to deal with. Making everything interesting is also not the way to go! So, (1) just encourage him that it is the boring drills that make him better! (2) give or show him examples of world-class TKD or martial arts exponents, or even world-class athletes or musicians that say the same message, (3) emphasize that doing TKD is no different from other endeavours (e.g., in studies where practice drill questions are part and parcel of improving oneself). Hope some of these ideas help u! Thanks.

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