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New Haven Students Get Lesson In Taekwondo

Kindergartner Harlie Machester readies to practice “The Hammer,” a component of taekwondo taught by guest Leo Pryor, owner of Master Pryor’s Taekwondo America

Kindergartner Harlie Machester readies to practice “The Hammer,” a component of taekwondo taught by guest Leo Pryor, owner of Master Pryor’s Taekwondo America

NEW HAVEN – Similar lessons and attitudes both inside and outside of New Haven Elementary School may provide the students with a more positive outlook on life and themselves.

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Kindergartner Harlie Machester readies to practice “The Hammer,” a component of taekwondo taught by guest Leo Pryor, owner of Master Pryor’s Taekwondo America

That was the message given by Leo Pryor, owner of Master Pryor’s Taekwondo America in Oswego, as he led a hands-on activity about self-awareness, self-esteem and accountability to New Haven students in grades pre-kindergarten through four.

The same principals of taekwondo, he said, are the same principles taught within the Mexico Academy and Central School District: respect, self-control, perseverance and courtesy, among others.

Pryor spent three days at the elementary school, where he was welcomed in the physical education classes to lead the students in various taekwondo techniques.

Several kindergarteners were ecstatic to practice footwork and “The Hammer,” as they used the hard part of their hand to hit a soft pads.

An even bigger lesson they learned was taking the respect they learned about in class and bringing that home with them.

Students learned that with each learned taekwondo technique they will build up their confidence and carry themselves better to rise above difficult situations, such as bullying.

Overcoming odds and achieving goals is a huge part of the taekwondo experience, Pryor said.