Few activities are so mentally, physically and behaviorally beneficial for kids as martial arts. It encompasses discipline, strength, respect, and dedication to overall well-being. If you have been debating whether or not to enroll your child in martial arts, look no further.
Martial Arts Benefits
Here are just a few of the benefits that kids can get from practicing martial arts:
1. Self Confidence and Self-Respect
Martial arts significantly increases the confidence and self-respect in children. Not only do they gain confidence from being recognized for their achievements through moving up to different levels of belts, but they are also able to gain self-respect and confidence when they can master new martial arts moves.
2. Increase Social Skills
Common interests are a great way to make new friends, and kids gathering together to practice the same activity is a wonderful way to encourage a shy child to come out of his shell and to learn new social skills. It will help your child feel more at ease that everyone in the room is there for the same reason, working toward a common goal of mastering the next move.
Teamwork is an extremely important part of life, especially in adulthood. Martial arts may seem like an individual sport, but through working together with his or her teacher and peers new moves are learned, and your child will be able to learn how teamwork makes everyone better.
4. Conflict Resolution
Martial arts encourages non-violent conflict resolution. Many parents shy away from martial arts due to the common misconception, due to movies and tv shows, that it is a violent activity. This is not true. Martial arts teaches self-control and to learn to react to situations without violence.
5. Physical Activity
This is a physically demanding activity, encompassing strength, flexibility, and endurance. Shutting the television off or taking the tablet way is a great way to get kids active, but making sure they are enrolled in a physical activity gives them something to do during this time. Martial arts helps inactive kids to become active and enjoy this time while setting and achieving goals.
6. Listening Skills
Martial arts requires serious listening skills to master new skills and to obtain new belts. Your child will learn discipline and will benefit greatly from working with his or her instructor and listening attentively to master new moves.
Choosing an activity for your children can be a difficult decision. Many activities require time, money, and dedication from both the parent and the child. Martial arts is a great way to spend your time and will encourage both you and your child to become more active. With so much to gain, from self-respect to listening and an increase in physical activity, martial arts is a great way to get your kid active and engaged in a new sport.