Martial arts training can change kids’ lives. What kids learn about martial arts and self-defense while training on the mats has a significant effect on their lives off the mats.
Here are some of the benefits of starting martial arts as a kid:
1. Self-Defense Skills
Martial arts teaches kids how to defend themselves. At the same time, kids are instructed and given the skills to diffuse a situation. The first line of defense should not involve physical contact with a bully or a threat.
2. Physical Activity
Martial arts provides kids with a fun and safe physical outlet. Kids increase their physical fitness, including endurance, strength, flexibility, and agility, through martial arts training. Plus, healthy habits around physical activity that form as a child are more likely to continue into adulthood.
3. Social Skills
One of the values all martial arts schools expect students to demonstrate is respect. Starting from a place of mutual respect allows children to develop their social skills in a fun, safe, and respectful environment.
Martial arts values personal improvement and individual learning. Kids continuously train and practice new skills creating the opportunity to practice setting goals. Setting and achieving goals also provides the opportunity for kids to build their self-confidence.
5. Problem Solving
You can’t learn martial arts skills through Google. Instead, you must think and put the skills you learn into practice. This application of skills makes a martial arts class as much of a mental workout as physical. Part of this mental workout includes problem-solving and learning to think critically.
Martial arts training can help kids develop self-discipline. Children learn to control their actions and create a strong work ethic.
At Striking 101, we have programs for both kids and adults. If you’re interested in learning more about how martial arts can benefit your child (or yourself), contact us today.