Board breaking is a great way for students to demonstrate the proficiency of their strikes, display their strength, and build confidence. A strike needs to be precise in order to break a solid wooden board. This requires the student to be extremely focused and completely concentrated. They have to visualize themselves breaking the board in half and then execute that visualization. It teaches them the importance of seeing themselves achieving their goals in their mind before bringing them to fruition in the physical world. A student also must use their full power when breaking a board. If they strike with half effort they will fail. If they put the fear of physical pain out of their minds, and strike with all of their strength they will succeed. This teaches them to commit fully to anything they plan on achieving in their lives. Once they put their focus, skill, and power together they will no doubt break the board. The moment they feel the wood smash in half they know that they are strong.
The confidence gained from a student breaking a board in martial arts is priceless. This lesson will follow them through their entire lives. It will help them in school, at home with their families and in their professional lives. They will know that when they focus on something, trust in their abilities, and dedicate themselves completely they can achieve great things. At CFTP we understand the importance of this lesson and we make sure all of our students get the opportunity to break boards. We recently held boardbreaking seminars at both our Lake Shore and Clarkson locations. The students did a great job. They displayed their respective techniques on single and multiple boards. Parents were elated to see their children achieve this feat. The students who did not break boards were given their pieces of wood to take home. They were told to focus on that board, concentrate on how they would break it the next time. They will get the opportunity to bring those boards in at our next seminar, they will try their hardest to break them, and when they do they will learn one of the most important lessons in martial arts. Perseverance; if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying until you do.
A child’s birthday party is a special thing. It is when they are surrounded by all of their friends and family. They are made to feel celebrated and loved. It is also a parent’s opportunity to go that little extra mile for their child; an excuse to spoil them without feeling guilty about it. Children remember the birthday parties they have forever. These parties become some of their most cherished childhood memories when they are adults; a source of nostalgia and warmth. They use these memories to fuel their efforts towards making their own children’s birthday parties the best that they can be. It is this cycle of happiness and love that CFTP wishes to continue and it is the reason that we offer martial arts birthday parties to members and non-members alike.
When a child has their martial arts birthday party with us they become the teacher. They are brought in a week or two before the event to go over special instructor training. During this time they are taught how to teach. Even a child who has never done martial arts before will begin to build and sharpen their leadership skills during this training session. The first thing they are taught is how to run the warm up. Depending on the age this can consist of jumping drills, calisthenics (especially push ups!), stretching, kicking and punching targets, and even performing blocks on a foam stick. After the soon to be teacher is tough the warm up they learn a few fun drills that they will do with their friends during class. These drills and games usually consist of races, jump kick trials and other fun martial arts activities that keep the children focused and active all while having a great time.
The next part in the instructor lesson requires extreme focus. The student is taught how they will cut their cake with a real martial arts sword. They are taught how to hold it, handle it (with the help of an instructor of course), and most importantly the respect they need to treat it with. This is exemplified in a mantra they must learn and repeat during the party right after they remove the sword from its sheath, “this is not a toy this is a weapon; it must be treated with respect”. Although this section is extremely exciting for the student it is also where you can see the highest level of concentration throughout the entire training session and party.
The last part of the instructors training session is where they learn about board breaking. They are taught to use extreme focus and power during this exercise. This part is great, every child wants to break the board and they receive a huge boost of confidence when they do. After this training session it is time for the real party. The birthday child is presented with a ceremonial Black Belt at the beginning of the class to let everyone know that they are an instructor for the day. The kids have great time learning and demonstrating new martial arts techniques, and the parents have a great time watching them.
We recently held a birthday party at our Clarkson location for Liam and Ethan Newhouse, long time members of CFTP. Liam did a great job as the older brother and the leader and Ethan loved helping him. The boys used their tremendous energy to keep their 20 plus friends excited and engaged the whole time. Parents Scott and Stephanie made sure there was food and drink for all the children and presented them with amazing loot bags at the end. Liam’s grandfather was even there to help it was truly a family event. CFTP martial arts birthday parties create memories your child will never forget, contact us to book yours today.
Toronto is one of the most populous and most culturally diverse cities in North America. People from all over the world come here and call this place their home. It is of no surprise then that Master Alejandro Pereira chose to travel here all the way from Paraguay and make Toronto the headquarters of CFTP in North America. Master Alejandro Pereira began training in Martial Arts at the age of 17 years old. After a tremendous professional career he created his own martial arts system. When he came to Canada he brought this system with him with the dream of sharing this gift with the world.
Arriving in Toronto he knew no people and very little English. He began right away working on opening his very first Taekwondo school in Canada. With extreme perseverance, drive, and tenacity Master Alejandro Pereira brought CFTP to the success it is today. With two major schools operating in the GTA he is truly seeing his dream of sharing his system come true. Toronto was a great choice. Not only is it an extremely multi cultural city it is also home to many families and close knit communities. CFTP prides itself on being family focused and community driven. We truly strive to be a part of the communities we operate in and contribute to them as much as we can.
We get to know the people, create relationships with businesses around us, and have active relationships with schools in our areas. We also pride ourselves on our ability to bring families together. In a fast paced city such as Toronto it is easy for people to lose touch of the most important thing in life; their family. At our studios parents train alongside their students, brothers and sisters, take classes together, and even celebrate their birthdays with us. These are the moments we cherish and we are so happy to share this family atmosphere with everyone who trains with us. CFTP is a big family; we love to get all of our students and their families together for our big celebrations. After our belt testing we hold parties for all the students who advanced in rank as well as any others who wish to attend. Everyone brings healthy food and we have giant potluck feasts. All of our members share in food and drink and enjoy each other’s company.
Christmas time is our biggest party of the year and even Santa Claus does not miss out. He comes and distributes presents to all children in attendance. It is a sight to behold and a warm reminder that CFTP is not just a martial arts studio but also a strongly connected community of it’s own. We are so grateful to operate in Toronto with all it has to offer. Taekwondo is only becoming more and more popular in this city and we plan on continuing to be a part of that for many years to come. As we grow we will never forget our roots and the courage of Master Alejandro Pereira who brought this amazing system to one of the greatest cities in the world.