Why Martial Arts Are Good for Kids

Updated on April 3, 2020
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I've been training in martial arts since the 1980s and consistently since the '90s. I am a 2nd-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate.

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

Many parents 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 values and instilling upstanding character traits that carry over into adulthood.

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


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. Practicing martial arts naturally drives students to concentrate in order to learn and perform.

Obviously, this is good for everyday life because focus is required for pretty much all types of activities. As a person reaches adulthood, and they must work at a job, drive a car, or study in college, the ability to focus proves to be an invaluable skill. Martial arts can be the foundation for this ability.

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.

Discipline and Patience

It takes time, focus, and a lot of work to reach your goals in martial arts or any other endeavor. Martial arts classes are a miniature version of the world in which you concentrate your efforts to achieve your goals. 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.

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

Grades and Academia

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.

How are Martial Arts Beneficial to Children?

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While improving themself, the child becomes more confident.
The self discipline, focus, patience and a work ethic learned through martial arts often carry over to education and result in higher grades.

Kids' Martial Arts Classes Are 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 well with others. They must cooperate with fellow students and their teachers as they learn to work hard for themselves. By reaching their goals and excelling at an art, students gain skills that translate well into many walks of life.

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

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