“What after school activity do you recommend for kids aged 4-18 in Poplar Bluff?” if you ask me, as a mom of two children, I would certainly say Taekwondo.


Because my daughter has learned and practiced Taekwondo since she was 3 years old. For the last few years, she has been to 11 national wide toutnaments and won 16 Gold medals in multiple events. In addition, she won the 2020 Missouri State Champion title in the Age 8 and under category. That said, all of these thanks to her years of diligent training at  Black Belt Academy of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

after-school-activity-taekwondo-The Black Belt Academy in Poplar Bluff is a martial arts school. They offer taekwondo and self-defense training, as well as cardio-kickboxing classes.

I had the honor to take some portrait of the owner and instructor of Mr. Page.  Mr. Page is a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo. Further more, he has trained numerous Taekwondo Blackbelts and several World Champions, District Champions and State Champions. (Click here to see more photos)

Although Poplar Bluff is a small town, there are quite a few after school activity options for kids. For example, dancing, gynastic, swiming, baseball, soccer, etc. Just like many other parents, we had our first daughter try almost every activity she could paticipate in town. And years later, Taekwondo is still her favorite. As a result, it has become part of her daily activity.

In short, if you are looking for an after school activity that helps your children strengthen their body and mind, Taekwondoas it is! If you are looking for an after school activity that your children can learn how to protect themselves, give Black Belt Academy a call! Or just come check it out after school, first class is free!


Hi, my name is Yina Franklin. I’m a Professional Photographers of America member, published photographer and cover artist in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. I specialize in Portrait Photography, from Children’s Portrait to Creative Portraiture, to Boudoir Body Positivity.