Some people think that if their child is taught martial arts, they’ll use it to their advantage and became bullies. The truth about martial arts for kids is very different from what you expect. It improves discipline, coordination and can boost your child’s confidence.
Martial arts training teaches kids with self-control and concentration. When kids are trained for a specific technique, instructors advice them to focus intensely on proper technique execution.
Discipline is doing what you must do even if you don’t want to do it. Although a new technique might be hard at first, the reward of achieving a higher rank keeps them disciplined.
Self-esteem is about self-worth. Having a healthy self esteem means being capable, confident, and able. With martial arts, the small challenges they encounter bring incremental success. They overcome challenges as they improve in their training.
Most martial arts training teach the value of age, rank, expertise, and experience. Higher ranks indicate higher expertise and once they reach a certain rank, they become worthy of teaching their knowledge to others. Your kids will learn how to treat people with respect, even outside of the gym.
4. Goal Setting
Martial arts have specific goals that when they reach it, they will reach a higher rank. Ranks are often denoted using colored belts.
Your kids will learn to take on new challenges in chunks. Dividing up all the knowledge needed to increase a rank bit by bit allows your child to learn to prioritize specific goals before they can advance their learning progress.
The ability to defend themselves allows them to have peace of mind. Basic training often involves avoiding any confrontation as much as possible. Because of self-awareness, your child will less likely have to use violence in dealing with their problems.
If confrontation cannot be prevented, like when your kids get assaulted, execution of techniques can prevent assaults before they escalate.
6. Physical Fitness
The intense training involved with most programs help to greatly improve your child’s cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength.
Martial arts training can help them develop a sense of balance and also lets them learn techniques on how to prevent injuries.
8. Learning Ability
Learning a certain skill require extreme mental focus. Students will learn to concentrate under pressure. Also, memorization of terms and techniques are crucial in performing it well. With repetition of certain technique, students are able to execute the skill correctly. This learning ability, is also adaptable when they are studying at school; thus they learn a certain topic not just through memorization but also through learning proper application to the lessons.
9. Acquire Useful Skills
Martial art classes let them learn useful skills and at the same time be physically fit. So instead of playing computer games and spending time watching TV, they practice a new skill instead.
10. Release Stress
Because of the intense workouts, students are able to release negative energies due to exertion. Sweating is a great way to diffuse anger, and keep them calm. Rather than being impulsive, they will be more centered, and know what to do in stressful situations.
Some martial arts have a ritual shout. Shouting is meant to improve focus and breathing every time a technique is delivered. This can also serves as a way to release tension and nervous energy.