There is something to be said for enrolling your child in any kind of extramural physical activity. After all, too many children these days lead inactive lifestyles that are having adverse effects on their health.
However, if you are still trying to find the right activity for your child, here are five reasons why you might want to consider martial arts classes over team sports.
1. They’ll learn self-defense. If you ask any adult why he or she decided to enroll in martial arts classes, the vast majority will tell you that they did it to learn how to defend themselves. Basically any form of martial arts teaches excellent self-defense skills that children can keep with them through the rest of their lives. But it’s not all about physical defense – martial arts classes can teach children to anticipate and avoid dangers before they occur.
2. They’ll learn to practice discipline. If anything is the perfect example of practice makes perfect, it’s martial arts. Your child may spend hours or even days practicing the same movement repeatedly until he or she gets it perfect. Although this may seem frustrating, keep in mind that your child is learning a valuable lesson in the process and that is that progress does not happen overnight. In some cases, it is the repetition and the practice that provides the strength, stamina and power it takes to execute a particular move.
3. They’ll get better at setting and meeting goals. In many team sports such as soccer, football, basketball, or even softball, children have one primary goal and that is for their team to be better than all of the other teams. On the other hand, when it comes to martial arts classes, your child will only compete against him or herself. The belt and ranking system allows your child to set their own personal goals. Rather than fighting it out to prove who’s best on the field or the court, your child will only strive to be better than he or she was the day before, and the sense of accomplishment from earning that next belt or rank is amazing.
4. They’ll get a boost to their self-confidence. Many of today’s children lack self-confidence, and unless your child is an athletic phenomenon and the star of his or her team, traditional team sports will not do much to boost their self-esteem. But in martial arts classes, instructors will encourage your child to do his or her very best, and as he or she becomes more proficient in martial arts, you’ll begin to see a big difference. Your child will feel more assured, and his or her confidence will skyrocket.
5. They can’t be prevented from participating. There are certainly lessons to be learned from team sports, but there is one thing to keep in mind – during the middle and high school years, only the kids with the most athletic prowess will actually have a chance to play. This is never the case with martial arts – regardless of your child’s physical abilities or natural athletic talents, martial arts trainers can help them realize their true potential, at their own pace.
Martial arts classes are about much more than simply learning how to defeat an opponent. It teaches a variety of life skills that your children can carry with them throughout life. If you would like to know how they can benefit your child, call or stop by our office today for more information.