With most schools having a solid sports program in place, why should you consider your kids taking up martial arts as an extra-curricular activity?. We agree, there’s enough to keep most kids busy with the team sports of baseball, football and basketball and that’s just it, the majority of sports offered in school sports programs are team sports. Martial arts is more focused on the individual. Martial arts hold a sense of mystery for most kids, with it being in most pop and youth culture nowadays, so when you kid comes and asks you to take him to Karate lessons, don’t be surprised.
As a parent, you have a bit of work to do before you just go and throw your child into a local karate class though. There are a stack of schools and instructors in many different martial arts in most cities, finding the right one to send your kid to is the priority step you need to look at first. Do a search online and find the gyms in your area that offer martial arts and read through their online reviews. Most gyms will offer a kid’s class of some sort, find out the times and then call the gym to make an appointment to see the head instructor. Finding the right school for your kid is critical, think of it as similar to selecting a college, you wouldn’t pick a community college if Harvard was down the road right?
The instructor is really the key to the whole gym, he should have practiced the discipline he is instructing for a great length of time and should have experience in competition with some degree of success in it. His gym should be full and the students should show him respect. The equipment is also a very important factor in determining if this is the right gym. The equipment should be well taken care of and placed neatly away if it is not in use, this shows the students have a sense of pride in where they train. Since martial arts is a contact sport that involves such techniques as take-downs and throws, it is important that the gym has the right martial arts and landing mats to prevent injury when practicing the techniques.
Once you have the gym and instructor selected, it’s time to head them out to their first class! Tag along for the classes whenever you can, a child’s self-confidence is greatly boosted and they are inspired to achieve more and try harder when their folks are looking on. If you can’t make it for the class, make sure to talk to them about it and find out how they enjoyed the lesson. You will find that martial arts training will boost your kid’s self-confidence a lot as they learn how to handle themselves. The regular training a commitment needed to make martial arts training successful will give them a new found sense of discipline that will spill over into their schoolwork and their social lives.
Another great thing about involving your kids in martial arts training is that they will be practically bully-proof, no bully will dare pick on them and they should have developed a good sense of respect for themselves and others not to become the bully themselves. Check out this video by the Gracie breakdown team on what happened when a martial arts student was picked on by the class bully
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Martial arts training offers kids so much to benefit their lives mentally, physically and spiritually. Hundreds of kids start training in some style of martial arts every day, if you want to find out some more information, look through our blog for guides to the different styles and select one that you think gels the most with your kid. Good luck and good training! #TeamMcBryde is always on hand to help with any queries so please don’t hesitate to contact us today.