There is a tendency for some friends to think that it may not be a good idea to teach my children martial arts. The reasoning behind this is that the children may abuse their new found skills and use it for bullying. The truth is I can see children who practice Karate, in the instance similar to my children, they are taught respect and discipline.
They have been practicing karate for almost six years now, and I can truly see their confidence has be boosted. Here is what I think the benefits that they acquired.
Children participating martial arts type of training are taught to concentrate and to practice self-control. Focusing intensely on executing the proper moves for specific techniques are encouraged by their instructors.
Practicing the techniques over and over again until you get it right requires discipline. Mastering a new technique and rising in rank is not always easy but with discipline almost anything can be achieved.
One of the advantages of children learning martial arts is that it builds their self-esteem. This gives them a sense of self-worth. They become capable and confident. As their martial arts training progresses so does their ability to overcome various challenges and obstacles.
One of the biggest lessons that martial art can provide is respect. My children learn to show respect for those in positions of authority and of course for their elders. These lessons of respect are not only limited to those of rank, age and experience in the dojo. Respect is expected to be given to those of similar stature outside of the dojo as well.
4. Goal Setting
Within the world of martial arts, the aim is to reach the highest level possible. Levels are broken down into ranks that are recognised by different colour belts. With this system children are taught to set goals. They are taught to focus on their goal and the challenges they need to overcome to achieve it. Achieving these goals are rewarded by receiving the next color belt and higher ranking.
For any child, the ability to defend themselves will instill in them a sense of peace and confidence. One of the fundamental points of martial arts training is to avoid confrontation as much as possible. As their Sensei always reminded them to run in the opposite direction to trouble.
However, if it is not possible for them to avoid a physical confrontation, then the self-defense techniques taught to them will help to diffuse the situation.
6. Physical Fitness
The type of training that comes with the martial arts program is usually a physically intense regimen. This is guaranteed to improve the child’s physical strength and cardiovascular fitness.
Another advantage of martial arts training is that my children acquire a keen sense of balance. They are also taught various techniques to help prevent injuries.
8. Learning Ability
Acquiring martial arts skills require a lot of concentration and acute mental focus. To do well in this field, children have to memorize certain techniques and terms. The advantage here is the ability to transfer these learning skills to schoolwork.
9. Acquiring Useful Skills
Besides the obvious self-defense skills acquired from martial arts training, children also learn balance, how to concentrate and patience etc. They also become physically fit and are not stuck in front of the television or behind a computer the whole day.
10. Release Stress
Due to the intense training sessions, any and all negative energy is released. Physical workouts are perfect for keeping children calm and to help suppress any anger they might have. They will be less impulsive in stressful situations.
Martial arts Perth, allows children to grow and improve on themselves in ways that other sports activities cannot.
It work out well for the family, when the children are in their perth martial arts dojo, I can sneak in a round of golf.