The Benefits of Children Learning Martial Arts
As a martial arts instructor or martial arts business owners you will know the joy children have whilst learning and practicing a martial art. However, there is a wealth of reasons why children should learn a martial art and you can share these with parents to encourage them to sign their children up and start reaping the benefits!
Martial arts will help to teach children the art of self-discipline. All too often in the modern day children are accustomed to getting what they want when they want. Martial arts teach restraint and patience.
It gets kids away from their screens and off the sofa and encourages them to be more physically active at the same time as having fun. Learning a martial art is a full body workout not only for the body but the mind as well!
Having a competition or tournament that the children can aim for helps teach them to set goals in life and whether they win or not it helps them to deal with either outcome which will be beneficial in later life.
Sometimes in the modern day, children find it hard to respect authoritative figures however martial arts teaches kids to respect their instructor and each other as they learn the art.
Listening is key in martial arts as without listening to the instructor they will be unable to complete the move correctly. It teaches listening on a one-to-one basis as well as in a group and demonstrating these skills allows children to progress through the belts.
Increases self-esteem and confidence
When a child masters a new skill or move it will boost their confidence and give them a real sense of achievement. Working their way up through the ranks also shows that hard work pays off and they have something to be confident about.
Often in practice classes will work in pairs to practise and learn new skills and moves. This not only teaches them to respect the other children but work together to achieve their mutual goal. They’ll soon learn that sometimes two heads are better than one!
A common misconception of martial arts is that they promote violent behaviour but in fact it is quite the opposite. Martial arts teach children peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasise that physical altercations must be avoided.