One of the ways that training in the martial arts helps children to become more confident is by showing them how to set and accomplish short-term, medium-term and long-term goals. This is done through the progression of belts. As a child experiences success in training, that success naturally transfers outside the school as well, making them more likely to set and achieve other goals. Remember, success is the backbone of confidence.
Martial Arts training also helps children to face their fears in a safe, nurturing environment. As a child learns to defend themselves, they become less threatened by those around them. Then, instead of sending out signals that say, “I am weak, I’m not sure of myself, I’m a victim,” they start sending out signals that say, “I’m strong, I’m confident, I am a nice person, but don’t mess with me.”
Why Martial Arts Is Good For Shy Kids
For many children, Martial Arts is the perfect activity to help shy children come out of their shells. It starts with small things like learning to look people in the eye, learning to stand straight and speak clearly. Eventually, children progress to more advanced movements. As they begin expressing themselves physically on the mat and become more outgoing in class, it automatically carries over into other areas of their life.
How Can Martial Arts Help Children To Become More Courageous?
Some kids are naturally fearless. They were just born that way. Others can be quite timid. Some children have had bad experiences that have made them fearful. Either way, it is important to understand that true courage isn’t fearlessness, its overcoming fear. And that’s exactly what Martial Arts teaches children to do – overcome their fears. As a child progresses through the ranks, they are given a series of challenges that are within their ability to overcome. Some examples might be board breaking, sparring, performing self-defense techniques on a larger opponent or demonstrating solo in front of their peers. As a child experiences success in these endeavors, this success helps them to more easily face other fears, therefore helping them to become more courageous.
How Does Martial Arts Help To Develop Focus, Concentration And Self-Control In Children?
Very few things teach children to develop focus, concentration and self-control better than Martial Arts. To begin with, a good martial arts class is usually quite fun. That makes it easier for a child to focus and concentrate. During training, children learn to control their body through general exercise, powerful movement, stillness, posture and breathing. Once they learn how to do this in Martial Arts class, these skills become more readily transferable to other activities. Also, there is a strong emphasis put on understanding three rules of concentration; focusing your eyes, focusing your mind and focusing your body.
Why Martial Arts Is Good For Overactive Children and Children with Learning Disabilities
For most overactive children, or children with a learning disability, Martial Arts is the perfect activity. It’s fast-paced, fun and requires a high level of physical activity. This is usually exactly what they need. When taught correctly, Martial Arts helps students get into the ideal performance state which is a combination of mental clarity, physical energy and emotional calm, so it is rarely boring and helps overactive children to focus their energy in a productive manner. On top of that, a well-run martial arts class naturally facilitates the three main learning modalities – visual, auditory and kinesthetic – so that every child’s learning needs are met.
How Does Martial Arts Training Make Children Less Violent?
It is amazing how often you might hear parents say that they would like to get their child involved in martial arts, but they don’t want them to become violent. In almost every case, the reverse is true. Martial Arts does not make children more violent, it makes them less violent. There is a quote that you will often hear in the Martial Arts, “Practice the fight so you don’t have to.” By practicing martial arts, children become more confident. Therefore they are less likely to become a target for bullying. Also, Martial Arts gives children a safe environment in which they can embrace their shadow, blow off some steam and relieve stress. On top of that, as a child develops a stronger self-image, they are less likely to feel the need to prove themselves. With a stronger self-image, they also become less interested in tearing others down.
Why Is Martial Arts A Good Choice When Compared To Other Sports?
For many children, when it comes to choosing a sport or an after school activity, Martial Arts is the perfect choice. There is a team atmosphere, but there are no bench sitters. Everyone participates at their own level so there is not as much pressure put on any one individual. Because of this, children who might not excel in other sports have a chance to excel in martial arts.
How Does Martial Arts Help Children Excel in Other Sports?
There’s a reason why many professional athletes from multiple sports cross train in martial arts. It is a perfectly balanced form of exercise using the right side, the left side, upper body, lower body, lateral movement, circular movement, rotational movement, strength, flexibility, endurance, timing, and eye/hand coordination. For children who are involved in a specific sport, Martial Arts is the perfect off-season training activity
When Is The Best Time Of Year To Begin Martial Arts?
You can begin martial arts training at any time. Most team sports, especially those primarily played outside, are seasonal. Martial Arts is practiced year round. This consistency helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress at a quick pace.
Why Martial Arts Is Good For Children Who Are Being Bullied
Very few things can benefit a child who is being bullied more than Martial Arts. Not just because they learn how to defend themselves, although that is important. But equally important is the fact that a child who trains in the Martial Arts learns how to project real confidence, making them way less likely to be a victim. We call it, “Practice the fight so that you don’t have to.”
Why Martial Arts Is Good for Children Who Bully Others
Contrary to what most people think, kids who bully benefit dramatically from martial arts training. Martial Arts training gives a child with bullying tendencies a healthy way to deal with their stress. It will improve their confidence and as their confidence improves, so does their self-image. This makes them less likely to feel the need to tear others down. Finally, although Martial Arts teaches potentially dangerous techniques, it puts a larger emphasis on the importance of respect and courtesy.
Do You Recommend Martial Arts For Girls?
A common misconception is that martial arts training is primarily for boys. However, the reality is that nearly half of all children training in martial arts are girls. Girls tend to learn martial arts extremely fast and martial arts is one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play and train together. It is a sad fact of life that girls and women are often the targets of criminals because they are thought to be weak and defenseless. Martial arts training gives girls the tools and confidence to avoid potential attacks and defend themselves if necessary.
Martial Arts also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well.
How Effective Is Martial Arts In Keeping Children Healthy?
For a child to be healthy and have their body to develop correctly, they need to perform natural movements like jumping, running, climbing, falling and rolling on a regular basis. Martial Arts training emphasizes all of these things. It is an incredibly well rounded form of exercise, helping a child to develop lean muscle mass, bone density, flexibility and endurance. Also, most martial arts schools put a strong emphasis on healthy eating, helping children learn healthy habits that can stick with them for life. Martial arts is the perfect activity to keep children healthy and fit.
How Long Do You Recommend A Child Train In Martial Arts?
Most children will receive some benefit from martial arts after training for just a few months. But the real benefits come from long-term training. There’s something special that happens to a child who grows up in a martial arts school. They are simply more confident, respectful, focused, healthy, hard-working and optimistic. Time and time again we hear from adults who trained in martial arts as children who say that it was the best thing they did growing up. No one ever regrets long term Martial Arts training.