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10 Benefits of Martial
Arts Training for
By Pauline Holmes
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Give your child a strong foundation for success!
To find out if martial arts classes are the right
activity for your child
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