There are so many activities today for children to get into and some go through the motions due to peer pressure. Ultimately, the interest in those sports fade as children get older and move on into adult life with school. So in some ways, children’s martial arts are better than team sports for many children.
Today we’re going to discuss just what those reasons are.
- Self-Defense: This is the number one reason why most people decide to study martial arts. Children’s martial arts teach your child the techniques they need to defend themselves, but also the way to anticipate and avoid potential dangers.
- Self-Confidence: As children become more proficient in their martial arts, their confidence gets a big boost and in turn they become more self-assured and confident.
- Belts and Ranking: Belts and rankings are a public recognition among peers for the student’s effort and progress and it helps teach children to set goals and achieve them by persevering and prioritizing.
- Discipline: Children’s martial arts training is a physical expression of ‘practice makes perfect’. In a class, a student may execute a single movement or series of related movements, hundreds of times, which teaches the student that the progress that always happens during small improvements in technique and stamina, flexibility or power will come through endless repetition.
- Individual Achievement (No One Sits On The Bench): Although there are many lessons to be learned from team and individual varsity sports, the ‘make the team’ model often favors the more physically developed players while alienating the late bloomers.
- Gender Equality: The martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together so it gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well.
- Weight Control: Childhood obesity is a global epidemic and rising trends in overweight and obesity are apparent. The typical children’s martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and possibly some sparring, as well as some active games.
- You Can Do It With Them: Most martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While classes do not run simultaneously, they are typically one right after the other, which means that you can watch your children work out, and then they can watch you.
- The Never-Ending Season: Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather are seasonal. In martial arts we have classes year round and this consistency also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress at a much quicker pace than in team sports.
- Athletic Development: The training itself is a whole body workout – grips, feet, hips and head all need to move in fluid and exact timed motions to properly execute a throw or a fight ending submission.
If you would like more information regarding how children’s martial arts can benefit your child, call or stop by today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!