So perhaps you’ve been practicing martial arts for awhile, and have been thinking about getting your kids on board. Or maybe your kids are already enrolled in a martial arts class, and you’re wondering if you should join them in picking up some self-defense skills. Well, we think that’s a fantastic idea, and you should definitely train together as a family!
Apart from gaining the necessary skills to protect yourself, working out with your kids is also a great way to keep active and grow together as family.
Today, Evolve Daily reveals 5 Reasons Why Parents and Kids Should Train Martial Arts Together:
1) It’s a great family bonding activity
Because we often get so caught up with life, we tend to neglect our family, and sometimes end up not spending enough quality time together. Well, that can change, if you and your family work out together. Think about it: you’ll all plan your training schedule in advance and set aside the required time to regularly attend classes together.
What’s more, it’s the perfect opportunity to bond with your kids and establish a deeper connection that can last through the years.
2) It helps the whole family to get into great shape
Your martial arts journey doesn’t have to be a solo one. In fact, it’s more fun when your family goes along for the ride. Besides giving you bonding time with your kids, training martial arts together would help your family to get stronger together!
There’s no doubt that your family will reap physical benefits such as better flexibility and greater strength. But did you know that the benefits go further than that? You’ll all also gain confidence and be able to stay focused. What’s more, the endorphins that get released by your brains as you all work out would boost your mood. So expect to have heaps of fun and feel great after every training session!
3) It strengthens your relationship with family members
As we mentioned earlier, training time would also be family bonding time if you train together with your kids. After all, a family that trains together, stays together! This is because you’d all be there for each other, to celebrate the small victories and cheer each other on during competitions. Or perhaps, just be there to encourage one another to press on during tough times.
4) It’s a good way to work towards goals together
Besides training and drilling together, you and your kids can help each other out with complex techniques and progress as martial artists together. This is because there might be some techniques that you pick up faster than them, or vice versa – so you can break it down for each other and drill together till everyone gets it.
There are bound to be moments when someone (maybe even you!) feels lazy, or unmotivated to train. Hence, your family members can spur each other on and of course, encourage the unmotivated ones to keep up with the training. Also, you can all work towards your fitness goals together – be it earning that next Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stripe, or losing 2kg.
5) It encourages healthy competition
We believe that training martial arts together with your family would create some healthy competition between your kids, and maybe even for you and your other half! And this is good, because it keeps you all motivated to stay on top of your game.
Although it’s fun to compete with each other, you’ll soon realize that the most important thing is consistent self-improvement. So you’ll all work together towards getting better, and eventually become the best versions of yourselves – not only as martial artists, but as people too.
The best part about training together as a family is that you’ll always be on each others’ team, and no matter what, have each others’ backs. We believe that there’s no better team than your family, so why not start training together? Who knows, it might be just what you need to create an unshakeable bond with your loved ones.