Why is Martial Arts Good for Kids

Updated on November 21, 2016
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I've been training in martial arts since the 80s, consistently since the 90s. I am a 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate.

Parents have for some time now put their children in martial arts classes as a fun and positive after-school activity that teaches them valuable lessons and works off their energy. More than just a respite for working parents, martial arts can be a vital part of a child's life, teaching them values and creating upstanding character that carries over into their everyday life.

Here we explore the many reasons, and how and why, martial arts is good for children and why you might want to consider enrolling your child in martial arts classes.

Martial arts is a good way to instill patience, respect, discipline and ethics in children.
Martial arts is a good way to instill patience, respect, discipline and ethics in children. | Source

Focus

Children in a martial arts class have to learn the material and learn how to do it correctly; there is a certain amount of emphasis on refinement of material learned in all martial arts schools. To do all this, the child must concentrate and be very aware of what he or she is doing. Martial arts naturally makes the student concentrate to learn and perform. Obviously this is good for everyday life because focus is required for pretty much all activity: And it is something necessary as a person reaches adulthood and they must work at a job, drive a car or study in college. Martial arts can be the foundation for this ability to focus on activities correctly.

To practice martial arts, you must be focused and aware.
To practice martial arts, you must be focused and aware. | Source

Self Esteem and Confidence

The better the student is able to concentrate and learn and the more aware they are, the more confident they feel and the more they feel good about themselves. They are excelling and working on themselves and for themselves and have learned how to work hard to achieve their goals. They are staying physically fit, using their minds and associating with respectful and caring people and friends. They are working hard for themselves, which means they see their own worth, and they are doing it with helpful friends in a supportive environment which further boosts their confidence.

How is Martial Arts Beneficial to Children

Focus
Confidence
Improves Grades
To learn material, child must focus, which will help them in their lfe generally.
While improving himself or herself, the child becomes more confident.
Teaching self discipline, focus, patience and a work ethic, kids' grades improve in school.

Discipline and Patience

It takes time, focus and a lot of work to reach your goals, in martial arts and any other endeavor. Martial arts classes are a miniature version of the world, in which you concentrate your efforts to achieve the results you want. The student learns to work hard, concentrate and patiently learn their lessons until they eventually excel after they've put in the work that it takes to get really good at martial arts. The lesson is that patience and hard work pay off and are good for you and, in many ways, good for everyone around you.

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Children learn respect for teachers and other students in martial arts training.
Children learn respect for teachers and other students in martial arts training.

Improves Grades

As stated, kids taking martial arts classes learn self discipline and focus, learn to be patient and learn the value of work. This carries over into other aspects of their lives, including how they perform in school.

They begin to see the value of really putting themselves into what they need to do and how it can result in something that is really good for them.

Martial Arts Classes for Kids are Made to be Fun

Essentially, martial arts teaches kids how to direct their energy in a positive way while making them more self-aware and teaching them how to work with others. They must cooperate with fellow students and their teachers, as they learn to work hard for themselves too by reaching their goals and excelling at an art.

These life skills carry over into their everyday lives as their grades improve, they socialize in constructive ways and have respect for others. Martial arts is an excellent avenue for improving the character of children and giving them skills that will last a lifetime.

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