When I first saw this video of two toddler twin girls in a taekwondo fight, I admit: I smiled. And I cooed. And I laughed. And then I watched it over again. (Those teeny helmets!) But after the second -- okay, fine, third -- time watching the "fight," I realized: Hey, wait a minute. Aren't these little cuties a tad young to be taught to kick and hit? In fact, isn't that the antithesis of what we want to instill in our young children?!
Check out this video of toddlers at a taekwondo show, and you be the judge:
Okay, first off, let's be honest here: These girls are positively adorable, and their padding makes them about 10,000 times cuter. But do you think this is appropriate? Something about putting toddlers in a ring and asking them to hit one another seems wrong. I think taekwondo is a great activity for kids to partake in when they're a bit older, as it gets them moving and instills a sense of discipline and respect. But when they're this young (these girls barely look 2 years old), how will they know the difference between "taekwondo time" and "non-taekwondo time." AKA, how could one fault them for hitting on the playground if it's something they're being taught at such a young age? Also, according to a commenter on the video, the adults in the background are saying "hit her," "give her a kick," "punch her." And that just seems wrong to say to a toddler.
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I'm sure there was plenty of supervision at this "match," and the adults present were making sure neither girl got hurt, but still. Not sure I'd be comfortable with my toddler taking this up at this point in her life. When she's old enough to understand what's going on, sure, why not? But not now.
That said, the swaying these girls do during the fight slays me. Jesus, these kids are cute.
Would you let your toddler fight in a taekwondo match?
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