Martial Arts Kung Fu provides a number of physical, mental, and social attributes that both children and parents alike can benefit from. Whether your child is too bossy, too shy, or perhaps just a little hyper, the martial arts can help your child learn many important life lessons.
Some of these benefits include the following.
Self-Confidence: The most significant benefit of martial arts training for children is their boosted self-confidence. It won’t happen overnight, but increased self-confidence is acquired eventually due to improved physical fitness, coordination, personal security, discipline, camaraderie, and calm. This boosted self-confidence will drive them to make proper choices in their young lives.
Physical Fitness: According to the American Council on Exercise, physically active children have fewer chronic health problems than kids who are sedentary. Martial arts Kung Fu classes provide a full body workout that creates powerful bodies and fights against the growing rate of obese children. Teaching them the value of physical fitness is vital to helping them become fit, healthy adults.
Physical Coordination: Aside from exercising all the major joints and muscle groups, martial arts training develops physical coordination and balance, which is important as kids enter the awkward growing stages. It can also develop their abilities in sports, athletics, dance, music, and basic living.
Personal Security: Bullying is nothing new in society. Kids who are preyed upon by bullies, or reside in neighborhoods where street violence is common, the ability to defend themselves allows them peace of mind.
Concentration: Improved concentration is natural byproduct of martial arts Kung Fu training. There are a lot of movements and techniques to learn and there is pressure to focus the mind and do them correctly.
Discipline: While discipline is more often than not initiated by the instructor and the senior students on their younger Kung Fu brothers and sisters at the beginning of the student’s training, eventually students develop their own discipline. This discipline we call “self-discipline”. Learning this at an early age can create a pattern for life of developing goals and sacrificing to achieve them.
Friendship: Martial arts students feel a strong sense of camaraderie with their fellow students. This feeling of fellowship is based primarily on shared experiences and surpassing of challenges, but is also based in tradition.
Respect: Showing respect is inherent to the martial arts, and is a core facet of the cultures from which many martial arts originate. Students show respect to each other, their instructor, and even to their school upon joining each class session. This encompasses several messages: gratitude, for the learning the student receives, and respect, an acknowledgement of the other person’s abilities.
Calm: Because of the intense workouts, martial arts Kung Fu classes, allow students to release nervous energy until they are drained from the exertion. Working up a good sweat has always been a great way to diffuse anger.
Fun: Martial Arts Kung Fu is fun to learn!
The bottom line is that almost any child can and will benefit from participation in martial arts Kung Fu. The key in choosing a teacher or school is to do your due diligence when it comes to evaluating the integrity of the program.
If you are interested in seeing how Kung Fu can benefit your child, stop by or give us a call to schedule a consultation.