"We started taekwondo with my daughter, Addison, first. She was interested in learning a new sport and always thought it would be awesome to know how to defend herself. I knew she also needed to build her self-confidence and so we joined Master Boswell's.
After watching her participate in class and in tournaments, her younger brother, Aiden, decided he wanted to try it too. So, knowing that boys need an outlet for energy and seeing how they teach respect and self-discipline, I enrolled him too.
These two children have thoroughly loved taking taekwondo. They love to compete within themselves as well as encouraging each other to be their best.
Then, there is my other son, Gavin. He didn't want to participate because standing at attention close to other children, hearing all the noise and not feeling like everyone else made him overwhelmed and sad. Gavin has autism. I knew deep down he did want to be a part of what his siblings were doing, he just couldn't do it like they did.
So, after talking with Master Boswell and his wife, Niki (aka Mrs. B), they worked with Gavin alone and eased him into a class when he was ready.
It didn't take long because Gavin recognized they understood his differences. They understood that he could only do so much for so long and then he was finished. They learned to watch the signs and were completely wonderful with him.
From this, stemmed a desire to teach other children like Gavin in the same way that made them comfortable to learn in their own way – Mountain Climbers.
Since starting almost two years ago, Gavin walks into class with confidence, does his forms to the best of his ability and now even works with instructors other than Mrs. B, because he knows they all love him just as he is. They are encouraging and push him to his limit and he trusts them.
Addison has earned her 1st Degree Black Belt and couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments, understanding that continuing her training will keep her conditioned for life.
Aiden is two belts from earning his black belt and strives each day to make sure he is doing what he needs to do on the mat and in his everyday life.
Gavin doesn't struggle to walk into the gym, he knows what to do when he gets there and truly enjoys leading the younger kids. Now, he works hard and can do his form by himself!
Master Boswell's Supreme Martial Arts has been an excellent place for my children to learn confidence, respect, discipline and love."