In a culture that seems to glorify violence in everything from music to video games and television shows, the idea of enrolling your child in karate training classes doesn’t always seem like a good one. While martial arts-centered action films seem to be filled to the brim with violent behavior and gory injuries, you may be surprised to learn that martial arts’ training is actually very beneficial to kids.
Like so many other things that Hollywood doesn’t always get right, martial arts isn’t quite the brutal, vicious pastime that it seems. In fact, these are 10 of the reasons why you may want to consider martial arts training for your kids.
One of the central tenets of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is.
ENCOURAGING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle she’s used to, but also gives her an enjoyable activity that inspires her to keep moving.
LEARNING TO SET AND ACHIEVE GOALS
Most forms of martial arts are based around an accomplishment system of colored belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he’s learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals.
Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he masters and every belt he earns. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class.
INSTILLING A SENSE OF RESPECT
Learning any martial arts style will require your child to show her instructor unflinching respect. Today’s kid culture doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When she goes to her karate or tae kwon do class, though, your child will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.
ENCOURAGING NON-VIOLENT CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
Improving Listening Skills – In order to master the skills she’s being taught and advance through the belt ranks, your child will have to exercise superior listening skills. Kids who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in her dojo.
DEVELOPING TEAMWORK SKILLS
Whether he’s breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that your child does in his martial arts classes that will be done on his own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.
IMPROVEMENT IN OTHER AREAS OF LIFE
The benefits of martial arts training don’t end in the dojo. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect his behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on him as he develops into an adult.
The benefits of training in any martial art are pretty much the same regardless of style and share many of the same benefits found in most commonly played sports like soccer, tennis, gymnastics or going to a gym. However, the inherent overall benefits of the martial arts are far more reaching physically, psychologically and spiritually than any other discipline found in practice today.
The classical forms (kata) of Goju-Ryu as taught and practiced at the GOJU RYU Karate kobudo club are strictly adhered to as those found in the dojos of Japan and Okinawa. However our studies and training extend beyond what is usually found in most martial arts schools. The underlying concepts which are the heart of the ancient martial and healing arts have almost disappeared from much of today’s martial arts’ study. Through the application of Western and Eastern medical and physical sciences including anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, physics, psychology, qigong, acupuncture, shiatsu, sports medicine as well as real-time self defense situations the original arts of Okinawa and China are once again being taught. Follow the Deep Arts link for more detailed explanations.
Whether you want to practice Goju-Ryu for self-defense, fitness or sport, The GOJU RYU Karate kobudo club is a great choice. We are accredited and held to some of the highest standards in the martial arts world. Training requires more than just physical movements. Along with the moving postures, students learn the histories, cultures, languages and applied sciences that are Goju-Ryu Karate.
The US is one of the few countries in the world tohistory history day without some form of a national registry and accreditation for martial artists. Literally anyone can buy a black belt, open a school without legitimate credentials and the public has no way to verify who they claim to be. Likewise, there are many martial arts organizations that will recognize, promote and certify someone as a black belt without any knowledge or background in that person’s style … all of course for a fee and required school membership.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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