Martial arts provides a lot of physical benefits for both kids and adults, like improving your fitness and health. While learning skills and techniques for self-defense, you are engaged in a full-body workout that can lead to improvements in strength, endurance, mobility, coordination, and balance.
At the same time, practicing martial arts gives kids experience with setting individual goals, creating the self-discipline to go after those goals, and building a social network that provides positive support.
Here are three benefits of martial arts for kids:
Rather than focusing on competition with others, martial arts teaches kids how to focus on themselves and grow as an individual. This focus on self-improvement can take some pressure off kids who feel like they have to perform well or be the best in the class. Instead, kids can figure out how they want to improve and then work toward meeting their personal goals. The belt ranking system used in most martial arts can help kids figure out how to frame their goals while teaching them how to apply this goal-setting framework to areas outside of martial arts.
Martial arts skills are drilled over and over which can help a child develop their coordination and body awareness. But at the time, kids are developing another skill – self-discipline. Kids learn that improvement comes from consistently taking small steps to get better, and to see the improvement through to the end, they have to keep working hard each time they show up to class. Self-discipline is another skill that can transfer to a kids’ school and home life and make a positive impact.
Martial arts emphasizes the core value of respect. Students are expected to respect their instructors as well as the other students in the class. Starting with this foundation of mutual respect creates an environment where kids can work at their own pace, be themselves, and find support from those around them. This social support system can go a long way in building a child’s self-confidence.
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