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Martial Arts Training for Children

  1. 1. 10 Benefits of Martial Arts Training for Children By Pauline Holmes
  2. 2. Respect Respect is the first rule in any dojo and students can quickly learn to appreciate the knowledge of their teachers and the efforts of their fellow students. It also teaches children to respect the authority. As they bow in front of their instructor, they develop humility. They also learn to be polite and humble during such sessions.
  3. 3. Self-Discipline Self-discipline is another point that ripples throughout a child’s life. However, to master the different levels of any martial art you’ve got to have physical and mental discipline. Martial arts give children practice using the body and mind in harmony. The goal-oriented structure of martial arts training prompts students to focus on the task at hand and diligently strive to attain new skills. By adhering to the rules set by the instructor, martial arts will help them to develop self-discipline, and eventually make it a way of life.
  4. 4. Co-ordination Martial arts demand great hand-eye coordination. It also increases the harmony between the body and mind. Physical coordination tends to improve rapidly in children who take up a Martial Art - many of the techniques which must be learnt are complicated, and require hours of practice to perfect
  5. 5. Fitness Encouraging a physically active lifestyle among today’s youth is as challenging as it is important and martial arts can be a creative complement (or alternative) to traditional sports. Martial Arts provide a great all over body workout, forcing participants to use muscles that are rarely exercised. The activities involved use a great amount of physical exertion which helps inflexibility, toning and strengthening the muscles of growing kids.
  6. 6. Enhanceslisteningskills Martial Arts is one of the few activities that requires as much listening and paying attention as it does physical activity. In order to master the skills they being taught and advance through the belt ranks, each child will have to exercise superior listening skills.
  7. 7. Confidence When children work to earn their next belt level, not only are they learning basic self-defence, they are building self-esteem and learning to feel good about themselves When they learn a new skill, they get a boost in self-confidence. Children who participate in martial arts classes are learning new skills on a weekly basis, and they’ll be tested on these skills to get new belts. The sense of accomplishment from showing off a hard-earned belt to their mum and dad is hard matched.
  8. 8. BoostsSocialSkills Children 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. Children on the playground may not always have much common ground, but devotees to the martial arts are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. Martial arts require working in a team or dealing with other individuals, therefore, it helps your child develop their social skills. Kids learn to cooperate and understand team behaviour. Partner-driven arts like jiu jitsu can also foster camaraderie, as they force kids to pair off and build their skills together.
  9. 9. ImprovesMemory Studies have found that children who take part in martial arts have the ability to activate and coordinate different parts of their brain in a way that allows them to learn faster and recall things more easily than their classmates who don’t. In part this comes from having to memorize complex sequences of moves, but they also have to learn various phrases in other languages such as Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Memory might not be a problem for them right now, but this kind of work can be very important as they get older and have problems with it.
  10. 10. ImprovesConcentration It has been heard time and time again. Parents tell instructors that their child’s grades could use improving. After a short time in Martial Arts their grades improve significantly, if not dramatically. Concentration is definitely a result of martial arts training. The focus, attention, and concentration developed from training and required during training flows over into the child’s academic study habits.
  11. 11. SelfDefence Although martial arts teach children to avoid violence rather than to get into fights, they can provide kids with skills that might help them to stay out of trouble or protect themselves in the future.
  12. 12. Give your child a strong foundation for success! To find out if martial arts classes are the right activity for your child Tweet me @pholmes94