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Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids By Ambreen Ali

  in Sports | Published 2014-04-15 18:05:16 | 604 Reads | Unrated


There are a million martial arts schools competing for business these days. It's difficult for a parent to know which one suits their children needs best. No martial art is best for every child but the martial arts in general definitely have benefits that apply to all children.

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There are a million martial arts schools competing for business these days. It's difficult for a parent to know which one suits their children needs best. No martial art is best for every child but the martial arts in general definitely have benefits that apply to all children. Activities like tae kwon do, kung fu, and aikido are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that's a myth, according to experts. Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behaviour is justified if your only experience wit
h the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. Your child will learn that confidence and respect for others comes from a deep sense of self-knowledge. Experts say that it's the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit which often carries over into school, helping to improve behaviour and even grades. Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. If you think that martial arts classes are just for kids, think again. Although your little one and his friends might get a kick out of their karate class, there are plenty of programs that offer options for parents to join in as well. Taking a parent-child, or family, martial arts class with your kid also has benefits that can help you to bond with your child and better understand what he is learning. Joining in on the learning gives you the opportunity to take the training home, practicing together during non-class times. This can provide your child with an extra layer of encouragement and a feeling that you are part of his learning experience. While no sport is completely safe for your child, some parents may wonder if the kicking and punching of a martial arts class makes this type of athletic endeavour more dangerous than others. Taking a family martial arts class with your child can help you to feel more secure in the safety measures that the school has in place to keep your little one from getting unnecessarily hurt. Additionally, you can keep an eye on your child and make sure that she is following safety measures adequately. Youth sports and physical education programs are great, but not every kid is an athlete and many schools no longer offer physical education. The martial arts offer many benefits, but when it comes to fitness, becoming a true martial artist means becoming a supremely fit person. Finding a good martial arts teacher for your children is ninety percent of the battle. You will need to spend a little time doing research. Fortunately the internet makes this a lot easier. Make a list of the martial art schools in your town and start checking websites for these schools. What you should look for is a school that has a formal education program for its teachers. Talk to the head instructor. You can learn a lot from sitting in on a couple of classes. Does the instructor control the class well? A good instructor will engage his students and make them want to return. A good instructor will demonstrate that they truly care about the advancement of their students in more ways than just the martial arts. Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he masters and every belt he earns. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class. street dance classes bradford / kickboxing classes bradford / arts week


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