Martial Arts is a GREAT activity for Children
Have you every heard anyone say, “don’t misuse your soccer?” Or, “be careful not to abuse your baseball?” This sounds silly, right? Of course, it does. Martial arts IS different. Responsible, professional martial arts teaches a “code”, and truly develops life skills on an entirely different level than conventional sports. Are we against other sports? Of course not. However, can martial arts training support and most definitely enhance performance in other sports? Undoubtedly, yes. Here’s how.
9 Ways Martial Arts Benefits Children:
- Fosters Self Discipline
- Boosts Socialization Skills
- Encourages Physical Activity
- Teaches Goal Setting / Achieving
- Increases Self-Esteem
- Instills Sense of Respect
- Encourages Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
- Improves Listening Skills
- Develop Teamwork Skills
Fosters Self Discipline
Consistent training requires the development of a routine. Routines build positive habits, and positive habits build strong self-discipline. Additionally, in our classes our Mat Chats (think short mini-leadership lessons sprinkled throughout) discuss concepts such as putting first things first (practicing before play), and thinking before acting (self-control), to name a few.
Boosts Socialization Skills
Communication, respect, and confidence are built in a positive, encouraging atmosphere. We encourage handshakes and high fives, in an atmosphere where focus, and self-control are expected. Children learn to respond respectfully (“Yes, ma’am.” and “No, sir.”), and to stay on task in a high energy environment.
Encourages Physical Activity
It’s FLAT OUT FUN to learn to be a ninja. Our students leave classes sweating and smiling, and all the while, they’re learning.
Teaches Goal Setting / Achieving
Our Belt Rank system is structured in a very deliberate way. We incorporate small goals (stripes on belts for proficiency on specific skills) that lead to bigger goals (progression through color belt ranks). Learning to set, and achieve goals translates over to all areas of our students’ lives.
Accomplishment builds esteem, and stepping outside of your comfort zone allows our students to see just what they’re capable of.
Instills a Sense of Respect
“Yes sir.” and “No sir”, are part of our culture of respect. Frequently, this is one of the first things that parents note in their children. The habit of respect is developed, or reinforced on the mat, but is also expected everywhere.
Encourages Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
One piece of the Team Chip Student Oath states, “I shall build a more peaceful world.” When martial artists learn how strong they truly are, they have less to prove. Martial artists walk with confidence, and are aware of their surroundings (which is a huge piece of self defense and self protection).
Improved Listening Skills
They instructor says, “eyes on who?”, and students respond, “eyes on you, sir.” Listening requires focus, and focus is build by following directions, learning to tune out distractions, and make eye contact with they speaker (or instructor).
Develop Teamwork Skills
Is martial arts a team sport? No, but the cool thing is that because of the leadership qualities developed in martial arts: character, discipline, structure, accountability, and excellence (to name a few), martial artists become incredible team members.
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