Children's Martial Arts

Five (more) reasons why kids should practice martial arts

Karate for Kids
Sensai Danny Bazarek from No Joke Mixed Martial Arts (Rockford, IL) works on blocking techniques with a student. (COURTESY: NATHAN SCHEWE)

In case you haven’t noticed, we strongly feel that every child should be involved in a Martial Arts program of some type. That said, here’s yet another five reasons why we feel this way:

1. Builds social skills.

The bond between martial artists is stronger than most other sports. Martial arts is a very interactive sport. When working with someone of similar size, strength, and skill, students will develop a sense of respect for one another. They realize they are capable, and so are others. Out of healthy respect for themselves and others, long-lasting and rewarding relationships develop.

2. They will learn empathy.

During martial arts training, students need to learn the concept of physical space, how physical contact is both an invasion and invasive. The sport literally and figuratively breaks down barriers. Students will confront people of all types and abilities during martial arts training. This kind of exposure helps to prepare them for a dynamic and diverse social environment.

3. Emotional maturity.

Your kids deal with a world unlike anything we’ve seen before. The pressures of a social network, expectations, and a world full of need and change are overwhelming for children with no experience to handle it.

Martial arts are an outlet. Their physicality trains physical fitness, which balances the body physiologically and emotionally. But it also emboldens kids with a warrior’s mentality of gratitude, humility, respect, and self-confidence.

The world is full of confrontation. We’ll teach your kids how to thrive with it.

4. Develop focus.

Practicing martial arts requires patience and persistence. Not everyone is at the same level of skill, but kids need to know that they can change and grow. A body is the one thing that everyone has that they can always improve. When you show kids that they can get better when they focus on improving their strengths and weaknesses, you provide them with hope that their dreams are possible.

The rewards carry over into every aspect of their lives, like better studying and better behavior at school.

5. Respect for authorities.

In martial arts, as in life, there is always a teacher and a student, and nothing can replace the value of mentorship. Martial arts, more so than other activities, emphasize discipline and respect for authority.

Kids need to learn that they’ll go far on their own, but they’ll go the furthest with the help of others. A teacher’s wisdom is the most valuable kind of guidance. A martial arts teacher sets a standard that helps kids relate better to other figures of authority in their lives, like teachers and parents.

Skyler H. Whitenack

Skyler H. Whitenack is a tech-savvy, business growth expert with a background in the Healthcare, Martial Arts, and Fitness industries. Born in Tempe, Arizona and raised in Rockford, Illinois—Whitenack currently resides in the Chicagoland region of the Midwestern United States.
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