KidsHealth.org asked kids and teens in an online survey: "What should a coach care about most?" The resounding answer being that kids want to be more involved in playing. Winning wasn’t a huge factor in what they want. In fact, in a list of priorities, winning was number 48. Only 7 percent of girls said coaches should be most concerned with winning, while about 18 percent of boys said it should be a priority.
The most important things kids want in a coach are:
The basics of what kids want is a fun experience. Fun, being defined by children in a study by George Washington University, is when children do their best, getting time playing, and being treated respectfully by coaches, parents, and teammates.
Why Do Kids Quit Sports?
In the U.S., around 70 percent of children drop out of organized sports by the age of 13. When coaches and parents apply too much pressure, the fun fades and kids can get overly worried or push themselves too hard physically, leading to injuries.
According to a study done by George Washington University, the number one reason kids stop a sport is when it is no longer fun for them. Kids quit sports because:
What Makes a Good Coach?
Coaches should be:
Of course, we don’t expect perfection of coaches, but we do expect them to want to constantly improve to make sure kids are always having fun. When it feels like it’s no longer fun, we try to make it fun!
What Helps as a Parent of a Karate Students
Help your child realize what their goal is for being in karate. Help them find their passion, instead of trying to determine it for them. Cheer positively or say nothing at all.
We want all kids to have an enjoyable experience during karate. If you want to learn more about our philosophy and enroll you or your child in karate, call us today at 480-986-7177 or fill out our online form.
Martial arts is a good form of physical exercise, increasing self-esteem and sport confidence. From the time the kids step onto the mat, they’re working on self-esteem. They bow and say, “To do my best,” which is a promise to themselves and the instructors that they will work their hardest.
Dictionary.com defines self esteem as a feeling of trust in one's abilities, qualities, and judgment. By practicing moves repeatedly, skills increase, which in turn increases confidence.
What Do Studies Show Us About Self Esteem and Martial Arts?
Studies have shown that taking martials arts increases self esteem:
Confidence Leads to Tenacity
In “Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology,” we learn that an athlete’s confidence comes from:
Confidence allows people to get through difficult situations by utilizing self efficacy. Self efficacy is one's belief in one's ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task, according to Wikipedia. People are more likely to participate in an activity and will put forth more effort to reach his or her goal.
Confidence is situational. While some people are confident while talking in front of large groups, they may not be confident with using a computer. Our school works to improve low self-esteem situations through belt advancements, giving each student an opportunity to lead the class, and praise while doing various techniques.
Belt rankings break down skills at a good progression. Beginner belts learn basic motor skills to produce complex motor skills.
Coping Mechanisms Learned through Martial Arts
Martial arts uses several major coping mechanisms a person can develop through training:
Martial arts increases confidence through a highly structured and ritualistic environment. Students increase their self image and have reduced fear of failing after applying effort.
Martial Arts in East Mesa
If you want to learn more about how our school can help you or your child increase confidence, call 480-986-7177 today or fill out our online form.
We’ve all seen the movie where the person is distracted, and you keep yelling, “Just look up!” to get them to notice the impending danger. It seems so obvious that they’re putting themselves in harm’s way. Don’t be that person. We want everyone in the community to feel safe and protected as they’re going throughout their day.
There are many things you can do to be your own bodyguard.
Watch Where You’re Going and Be Confident
This may seem obvious, but look around when you get to the gas station, bank, or convenience store. If anything seems off, come back another time. Don’t wear headphones when you’re out, and don’t focus on your phone or electronic device.
We often talk about what it means to be confident, and this can apply to when you’re out and about. Walk with your head up, shoulders back, and make eye contact with others around you. Sometimes that’s enough to show that you’re not to be messed with. The City of Tucson suggests you stay alert, constantly looking around and watching what’s going on around you.
Create a Personal Bubble
Keep a 5-foot buffer radius around you before people get near you; it can help you understand if they’re hostile or not. We teach our students that you need to be smart about fighting and defense. Fighting is never used as an offense for our students, only as a defense when it’s necessary.
Don’t Get Jumped
This is a pretty simple concept — walk wide around building corners, and don’t walk down dark alleys alone. Stay calm when walking around.
Parking Lots and Garages Don’t Have to Be a Nightmare
Be aware of your surroundings, check out your car, including the passenger and back seats.
Don’t just pay attention to your car, though. Look at the cars around yours, and if you see someone suspicious sitting alone, find a way to get to where you’re not alone anymore.
If possible, go with a friend, so you’re not alone in a vulnerable situation.
Stranger Danger Even at Home
We've all told our kids about the dangers of talking to strangers, but we often forget that it can apply to us as adults.
First, don’t answer the door if you’re not comfortable. Second, don’t let strangers in the house, even if it seems like they have a good reason to be there.
Tell your babysitters that they can’t have visitors in your home.
Learn How to Pay Attention through Martial Arts in East Mesa
Being aware of our surroundings is extremely important at any age! Come on down and see how we teach our self protection free! Give us a call at 480-986-7177 or email us at EastMesaKarate@gmail.com and take a free class on us!