When you think of martial arts, do you think of a Jackie Chan or Jet Lee movie? In reality, it’s not really like that. Martial arts will help your child more than it will hurt them.
Unlike other sports that are focused on building the best athlete, martial arts focuses on building the best person through discipline, control, fitness, and self confidence.
The great thing about martial arts is that it is good for kids of all temperaments. Whether your child is very active or timid in social situations, martial arts can help facilitate good characteristics and habits that will last a lifetime.
Martial arts is all about repetition and practice of movements. A student may practice a certain move hundreds of times to improve. These small movements increase stamina, power, and flexibility.
Also, students learn that during class there are rules and protocols to be followed. Children learn to respect the instructor, those around them, and, in turn, everyone else in their lives.
BreakingMuscle.com states that there are benefits to stillness and silence. These days, it’s almost hard to get quiet time. In quiet time, we can learn focus and discipline. Our school gives out a belt tip after learning a new skill. These are earned through focus and discipline. It helps the student feel a sense of accomplishment and it helps them get one step closer to a higher rank.
Since children have to earn their tips and higher rank, it teaches them to work to get something, instead of receiving instant gratification. It can help children learn a strong work ethic and the skills to avoid physical confrontations.
Related to discipline, children learn to control themselves through their behavior and actions. The first thing we teach our students is that if they have the opportunity to walk away from a fight, they should. Just because they have the ability to beat their opponent doesn’t mean they should.
According to the CDC, about 20 percent of school-aged children are obese. This is a set time where kids will be up and moving and not spending time with media. Signing your child up for classes can develop lifelong habits that get them used to being active.
In addition to burning through energy, martial arts helps students learn balance and agility. Students learn perseverance, training the whole body. Our school starts with warm-up activities to get the body moving, practice the basics, then finish with active games. The warm-up generally takes up half of the class with activities such as stretching, pushups, elbow raises, punches, and kicks. The workout portion is important because it helps your child understand their body — its limitations, abilities, and when to push.
RicardoAlmeida.com states that children get more confident when they get more proficient. When we praise a student for their hard work, it increases the confidence level. Students get used to being around their peers and can become more confident in interacting with them. They learn respect for themselves and their peers. Martial arts helps your child learn that confidence and respect for others comes from a deep sense of self-knowledge.
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