My son was starting school this year and my husband and I worried about how he would transition from being at home with me since he was born to being in a classroom with 20+ other kids for the first time. We hoped to make it easier by enrolling him into an activity that would start to build his social skills with other kids close to his age. Since Draque had shown an interest in martial arts (his secret identity is Rafael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!) we started looking into local schools, and in March of this year, we decided to try out the Conroe ATA school. Like most parents, I typically second-guess myself when making important "relationship building" decisions for my child... but, I can hands-down, with 100% confidence say that placing Draque in the Conroe ATA Tiger program is one of the BEST decisions I have ever made. I wish I could truly described all the positive wonderful benefits we have gained from Draque being a Conroe ATA Tiger. His social skills and confidence in himself have soared beyond anything I could have hoped for. Not only has Draque made dozens of friends, but my husband and I have as well. I have to credit the instructors, Ms. Berry, Mr. Brooks, Chief Master Berry, Coach Law and the many incredible parents for creating such a warm and family oriented environment. All the Tigers love Ms. Berry, including my son, who just adores her! Ms. Berry teaches her Tigers not just the obvious techniques of Tae Kwon Do, but also fundamental character shaping skills such as: Integrity, Respect, Honor, Self-Esteem, Confidence and a "Yes I Can" Attitude. In the 10 months that we've been part of the Conroe ATA Family, Draque has been promoted to the Leadership Team and recently to the Advanced Tiger group. By applying the leaderships skills he has learned, he transformed a relationship with another child in his public school class, who had been picking on him since the very first day of school, into a friendship where they now sit together at lunch. I could fill an entire book listing examples of all the wonderful things we have received from just that one decision of calling ATA and Draque attending his first class, but I would just encourage anyone that may be thinking about either enrolling their kids or even themselves, to just do it! I promise it will be one of the BEST decisions you make!
The Woodlands & Spring