Top 10 benefits of martial arts for children

To some people with little experience of the world of martial arts, it can seem violent and dangerous for children. However parents that enrol their children in martial arts classes find that their kids reap an innumerable amount of benefits from participation in a martial arts training program. In addition to busting sedentary habits and getting kids in shape, martial arts instruction also helps kids learn these ten valuable lessons.

Determination – In Tae Kwon Do students’ progress through the ranks and earn new belts. Kids that study martial arts must exhibit determination and dedication. Setting and achieving new goals through hard work and dedication is one of the most valuable skills that a child can take away from martial arts training.

Manage Disappointments Positively – No matter how dedicated he or she is or how hard your child tries, there’s a good chance that they will be disappointed by a failure to advance or a mistake that they make during training. Rather than shielding your child from these feelings, you can use the opportunity as a valuable teaching experience, helping them  learn to manage that disappointment in healthy ways.

Working With Others– Tae Kwon Do will require kids to work with a partner to hone their skills and advance. Working together or as part of a team to learn skills and master their technique helps kids learn the value of teamwork, a principle that he can apply to any number of situations as he gets older.

How to Avoid Physical Confrontation – Real life isn’t like the movies, Super Heroes may attack their opponents with style and gusto, but in real life  children will be taught how to peacefully diffuse a volatile situation and to avoid physical force altogether unless it’s absolutely necessary for defence.

Improved Social Skills – The act of spending a few hours per  week with the same people and interacting in a controlled environment often helps shy kids come out of their shells.

Listening  Effectively – It’s impossible to learn proper technique and improve martial arts skills if you can’t listen to the instructor carefully, which is why training in the martial arts can have such a strong impact on kids’ listening skills as a whole.

The Benefits of Being Physically Active – The dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and the attendant risks of childhood obesity are well-documented, but all martial arts training will require your child to be physically active and fit. Learning the importance of a healthy, active body can inspire your child to make real change

Discipline  and Restraint– The basic tenets of all martial arts styles place a strong emphasis on discipline and self-restraint. Willful, stubborn kids that struggle with their impulse control can benefit greatly in the hands of an experienced instructor such as those at Aktive Martial Arts

Respect For Authority Figures – A great martial arts instructor will command absolute respect from his or her young students. This respect for a particular authority figure can easily extend to a respect for authority in general, especially when the focus of classes emphasizes this concept.

Confidence – Success is dependent upon confidence and self-assurance in so many areas of life, and it’s imperative for kids to gain such traits. Mastering new techniques in martial arts training will help your child to become more confident and slowly gain faith in her abilities, and make them more self-assured in general