Benefits for Children

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There’s a myth that the martial arts promote violence. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. According to experts, martial arts actually help teach discipline and respect.

In fact, many children who suffer from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD or ADHD) report success with these programs because the martial arts helps develop their self control and concentration skills. Further, karate is an excellent outlet for all that youthful energy!

It’s important for your children to socialize outside the home, but unlike an ordinary club or sports team, your child can learn mental and physical skills that will help him throughout the remainder of his or her life.

More information: Benefits for Adults and Benefits for Families.

5 Ways Karate Will Benefit Children

 Fitness

It’s important for children to partake in regular activity. In our increasingly sedentary lifestyle, a few hours a week can be enough to combat obesity, poor muscle development, poor coordination, and other health issues. Warm-up exercises and the martial art routines themselves challenge your muscles and cardiovascular system. Martial artists are known for being toned, flexible, and fit. Further, your children will build positive exercising habits.

Self Defense

The ability to defend yourself is empowering. With regular practice, your child will learn to defend him or herself in a variety of ways. Moreover, your child will learn techniques to avoid problems in the first place. They will become confident with themselves and their skills, and learn to avoid violence entirely.

Discipline

Karate will help instill mental focus into your child. They will have the ability to concentrate on a goal and see it to the end. They’ll learn the value of hard work and the rewards it can bring. Discipline is taught in the dojo in regards to etiquette, uniform, customs, and techniques. This mindset will flow into other aspects of your child’s life, including school work, relationships, and chores.

Respect

No other concept is more important to the martial arts than respect. Respect must be shown the moment your child enters the dojo. Children will learn to honor their instructors and advanced students. They will treat their peers with dignity and sportsmanship. We find our students carry this attitude outside the dojo and continue to respect their parents, teachers, and most importantly, themselves.

Confidence

The belt ranking system is specifically designed to reward children for their achievements in a manner that keeps them hungry to continue. They will experience the pride that comes with seeing a task through and growing alongside their teammates. The sense of accomplishment a child feels by mastering a new technique or graduating to a new belt will stay with him forever.

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