When you’re a parent, you’re always looking for a way to give the best opportunities for your children to become successful adults. Whether it’s finding a math tutor to help with their geometry homework or language classes to expose them to new cultures, we’re constantly trying to give our kids an edge so we can relax later on because we know we’ve done our job. Perhaps one of the best advantages we could give them is the opportunity to learn martial arts. Over hundreds of years, martial arts has proven again and again that it teaches its practitioners to become the best versions of themselves – a valuable lesson that they’ll carry on in every aspect of their lives. If that isn’t enough to convince you to enroll your children in martial arts, here are 7 reasons why you should.
1) Because it will make them bully-proof
As parents, you probably dread the day your son or daughter comes home in tears because of a bully. Although most children will experience bullying at some point in their lives, it doesn’t mean that it should be a rite of passage. When your children learn martial arts, they will learn how to defend themselves should they ever find themselves in a compromising situation. More importantly, martial arts will teach them that violence isn’t the answer and that self-defense techniques should only be used as their last option.
2) Because it will make them responsible
One of the biggest problems parents struggle with is teaching children how to be responsible. We can try and reinforce its importance over and over again but when a child learns it for himself/herself and actually applies it in his/her life, it makes our job so much easier. With martial arts, your child will learn, that over time, following instructions, applying his/herself, and listening pays off. How? By doing all of the above, your child will find that he/she gets better at martial arts, especially if he/she puts in extra effort.
3) Because it will help them believe in themselves
With every new technique, your child learns to execute perfectly in his/her martial arts class, the more confident he or she becomes. Techniques that were once impossible to learn because they were too confusing or required too much coordination eventually becomes second nature with training, giving your child the confidence and assurance he/she needs to keep on working hard. Also, the positive reinforcement he/she gets from his/her instructors and training partners does wonders for his/her self-esteem. You’ll find that the confidence that he/she gets from training martial arts will eventually carry over to his/her academic and social life.
4) Because it will teach them patience
In today’s demanding, fast-paced world, patience has truly become a virtue. With the click of a button, we can get almost anything and everything we want. But with martial arts, one realizes that reaching our goals takes time. Because it is so multi-faceted, improvement is not as straightforward as it seems – but the journey getting there is fun anyway! Your child will learn that to get what he/she wants, whether it is a belt promotion or even just to perfect a technique, will take lots of time. It is not something that can be achieved overnight, but the best part is he/she be willing to put in the work – a quality they can certainly apply in his/her everyday lives.
5) Because it will teach them how to focus
The difference between martial arts and team sports is that you are working on your own towards your own goals. There is nobody else to blame or fall back on except you. Every technique you learn, every spar you join completely relies on your ability to perform in the moment – and that requires stillness and focus. To become better at martial arts, your child will understand that he/she needs to be in the moment and put in the hours practicing and drilling.
6) Because it will teach them how to be resilient
This is probably one of the greatest lessons your children will ever learn from martial arts. They learn that persistence is the key to achieving goals – whether it’s learning a new technique or even just showing up to class. It all starts from not being able to understand a technique or maybe even not being able to follow the warm-up routine properly. Through guidance and encouragement from the instructors, your children will do their best to persevere and reap the benefits in the end.
7) Because it will get them moving
As parents, we’re always finding ways to keep our kids fit and healthy. And martial arts is a great way to get their heart rate up as well as improve their coordination and stamina. Unlike other activities, martial arts is very goal oriented, which means you’ll find your child wanting to go to class because he/she wants to improve. Because of this drive, you’ll find that you won’t need to force your child to go to the gym, which is definitely a win-win situation for everyone!
There’s no doubt that enrolling your children in a martial arts class could be one of the best decisions you could make as a parent. The lessons and values they will learn will be gifts they will treasure for the rest of their lives. So what are you waiting for? Sign your child up for a martial arts class today!
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