As someone who has trained in martial arts for almost 40 years and was a professional kick boxer , I obviously love martial arts. As a parent I love what it did for my children, and for the kids I’ve taught over the years. There are so many reasons to do this, but here are three very important ones.
#1 Discipline. Much is made of the discipline in martial arts, but it isn’t always explained well. Having to be respectful on the floor and to higher ranks is a struggle for some. Children who struggle with it at school and home will struggle with it in the dojo. One reason that we can get through to them and change that is they are seeing things done that they want to do. To learn. That desire will often help form a respect for the instructor and others on the floor. This small thing leads to big changes. Teaching discipline isn’t just yelling and forcefully imposing your will.
#2 Confidence. Confidence helps not just in the ring or in defending yourself, although I believe those are important. Confidence will help your child in school to believe and know they can accomplish something. In their later career and social life. Learning to do things with your body that you didn’t think you could, builds confidence. You use your mind as much as your body in the dojo. Problem solving, assisting and remembering long combinations of technique. Sharpening your mind builds confidence.
#3 Agility. Maybe your child Olympic gymnast Agility already. Most likely not. Training in martial arts helps them in this area. I believe that it is especially important for kids who really struggle in this area. It helps them overcome the feeling that often accompany that. I believe that is a fantastic achievement. Plus it is a health benefit. Remaining agile as you age benefits your overall well-being. You want that for your child.
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