Kids and Martial Arts: The Truth
Nowadays violence is almost glamorised,
through television shows and video games, while if you were asked to think of
martial arts, many of us would immediately think of all those martial arts
films going back to the 70s and beyond. Here, violence is held out as a
solution to nearly every problem imaginable.
But this isn’t martial arts at all. What
popular culture has done is to almost demonise what true martial arts are. It
has detracted from the reality that martial arts are in fact great for kids,
offering them all kinds of wonderful benefits.
Many think that buying a pair of kids boxing
gloves, or Thai boxing gloves, and giving them to their children is
a recipe for complete disaster and destruction. However, in the proper
environment, under proper and professional tutelage, that purchase could be the
start of something wonderful. It could be the start of your child’s Martial
Arts journey. Here’s what you really need to know.
The foundation of all Martial Arts is
discipline. Kids are too easily spoilt, lack attention, and are readily
distracted. Through Martial Arts they learn that progress is only made through
a constant focus, self-restraint, and a dedication to discipline.
Do not confuse confidence with cockiness.
Confidence is a quiet understanding of one’s own abilities and limitations, not
an overinflated set of beliefs about one’s own talents. Your child’s confidence
and self-esteem will grow as they work their way through the Martial Arts
belts/grading system, achieving rewards through effort, whilst recognising that
there are always many more things to learn. Practised in a mixed ability
environment, children learn the extent of their abilities, whilst having goals
and a focus to inspire the continuation of their hard work.
Kids will often find it hard to relate to
others. However in a room full of dedicated students, all with common goals,
and willing to share past experiences, the practice of Martial Arts will boost
your child’s socialization skills no end. It is an ideal environment to be at
one amongst your peers, all of whom are at differing stages of the same
journey, and all of whom at one time, took the very first step to commit to
Many children simply do not listen, or do
not want to. With Martial Arts, the upmost respect is show towards the
Instructor, it is part of the belt/grading system, the hierarchy. This in turn
instils a sense of respect for authority within the child, something that is
sadly lacking. From this respect comes the desire to listen to everything that
is said, a skill that can be used throughout life. This encourages a respect
for all others, and for yourself, which in turn can help behavioural problems.
Martial Arts is physical, intense, exciting
and exhilarating. It gets the heart racing, and promotes excellent physical and
mental health. Many children do not get enough exercise, those that attend
regular Martial Arts classes are definitely an exception – it is hard and
physical but fun too.
Martial Arts teaches respect, encourages
none violent solutions to all problems and scenarios, it instils discipline and
self-control within the individual. Violence is often instigated by those that
do not understand the physicality of their actions, not those that have studied
the techniques and consequences of aggression. Those that study Martial Arts
will have the confidence to stand up to danger and aggression and deal with it
Martial Arts has many benefits, to physical
and mental health, to the development of character, confidence, self-esteem and
respect. Its benefits go beyond the training and into the wider World itself.
By participating in Martial Arts, your children will become healthier, happier,
more focused and more respectful, they will listen and they will learn. These
are all things that we wish our children could achieve, and the truth is, they
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