What Are the Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids?
We have often received enquiries from parents who want to know if we recommend martial arts classes for kids. Some have ask in disbelief, if kids really do practice martial arts? Not many people know the benefits of martial arts and its contribution in building a wholesome child. The benefits are numerous and invaluable. This is why we do recommend classes for kids and here is why:
Respect for others and self
Quality martial arts coaches press upon the respect issue regularly and instruct students to practice respect for self, parents, teachers and peers at every opportunity. Respect lies at the core of all martial arts disciplines. Being able to advance and play with other kids generates a tremendous amount of confidence and is a little reminder of humility – someone is always bigger and stronger. Your child will learn that confidence and respect for others comes from a deep sense of self-knowledge.
Health and Fitness
Fitness is a central to all martial arts disciplines, especially where kids are involved. The rigorous stances, forms and stretches strengthen muscles and the cardiovascular system. Martial arts offers many benefits and when it comes to fitness, becoming a true martial artist means becoming a supremely fit person. Remember an active body nurtures a sound mind!
Confident to face the world
A child who is involved in martial arts is generally a child who is confident and sets measurable goals to follow that are realistic to attain. The sense of accomplishment a child feels by mastering a new technique or graduating to a new level follows him everywhere he goes. Your child will learn to take on life’s blows – real blows or disappointments! Resilience is born out of learning and accepting that we all take hits. The bottom line is in learning how best to take that hit and get back up.
His own man
The ability to defend oneself against an assailant is an empowering feeling especially in today’s crime prone environments. Self-defence is the cornerstone of the most training programs. Kids will attain street-smart techniques to defend themselves in a variety of situations.
The discipline and mental focus that is taught in martial arts with regard to uniforms, customs and techniques often translates into other areas of life, including school and household chores.
They stay focussed and introspected
Even in this age of the Internet, there are many more benefits in stillness and silence. Behind the punches, kicks, and knees, a true martial artist learns to sit with himself and identify his weaknesses.
Indeed, nothing is more essential to our body than breathing. It can literally save your life. In martial arts your kid will learn the essence of how to breathe and even relax under pressure.
Establish mind body connection
To listen to your body is to discover oneself and have a heightened sense of emotional awareness. A martial artists sees, feels, listens – both internally and externally – all the time!
Register your children at SMA today and watch them develop! Contact us for our Saturday and week day classes for kids in all disciplines and art forms! Visit www.smacentre.co.za now!