INDIAN TRAIL – Roar Taekwondo is taking a fun approach this summer to get its powerful messages across to kids.
The business, located just past the Matthews town limits at 6751 Old Monroe Road, is all about teaching honor, integrity, discipline, courtesy, self-control and the indomitable spirit that comes inherently with the art of taekwondo.
This summer, Roar owner Master Surendra Singh will set aside plenty of time for the discipline of taekwondo, but his all-day co-ed summer camps will find plenty of other fun things to keep campers occupied during extended summer hours that run from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to help accommodate the busy schedules of parents.
But there is no need to worry about campers during the day, because Roar will keep them occupied.
“Every day when they are in the camp, they are learning and learning,” Singh said. “When they go back to school, they are better prepared because of what we do.”
In addition to the martial arts, Singh plans weekly themes including superhero week, slime week, mad science, Nerf weapons, nature week and even one that focuses solely on bully prevention.
In addition, each day there is an outing such as games, field trips and trips to the movie
theater, and a local park and pool.
“We keep them busy and we keep them engaged,” Singh said.
At the summer camp, Singh said he expects anywhere from 30 to 60 campers per session, although he has space for more.
Camp is designed to teach kids healthy living habits and keep them active by stimulating their minds and focusing on coordination.
The group will be divided into three pairings based on age. It will circle through stations that include academic enrichment, games and of course, taekwondo.
That’s where Singh’s expertise takes over.
A sixth-degree black belt trained in the World Taekwondo Federation style of taekwondo, Singh began practicing the sport in India at age 4. By age 7, he was already a first-degree Dan Black Belt in South Korea.
During his career, he’s been awarded India’s national championship in a number of divisions and disciplines.
Singh has attended TaeKyeung University in South Korea and has an extensive academic resume, including a bachelor’s degree in tourism and travel management.
In 2009, Singh received a diploma in sports science with a major in taekwondo. He is also a certified judge and referee, a certified yoga instructor and master taekwondo instructor with over 25 years of experience in South Korea, India and in the United States, where he has lived with his family since 2009.
In addition to the summer camps, Roar offers year-round taekwondo programs for children as young as 3 through adulthood. The studio offers after-school care, women’s self-defense classes, a demonstration team and a black belt club.
But this summer, Singh’s focus will be on the summer camps.
They are open for boys and girls ages 4 and older. The full-day camps cost $149 and all activities are included.
And, Singh said, those activities are what helps keep the kids engaged and ready to learn and practice everything the sport can bring a child.
“We teach life skills through taekwondo,” he said “It teaches you discipline and respect, yes, but it also helps with focus, teamwork, control, balance, memory and coordination, as well. This is very good for confidence-boosting and for gaining self-confidence for themselves. That helps them overcome certain situations they may be faced with.”
With the extended summer hours combined with learning more about a sport that teaches balance, coordination, discipline and respect, campers at Roar Taekwondo are sure to have fun at every stop this summer.
“Nobody does what we are giving,” he said. “It is unmatched and I can guarantee it.”