Normally, adults think that one only learns martial arts if he wants to learn self-defense. But martial arts are more than just being able to defend yourself. It also helps train and disciplines the mind, body and spirit. When it comes to children who learning martial arts, the benefits of martial arts for kids – be it physically, emotionally and spiritually.
First and foremost, the most obvious benefit of getting involved in martial arts is getting fit. The child who is not used to exercising and getting sweaty definitely has his work cut out for him. This is because warm ups are usually done before the training proper. High knees, push-ups and jumping jacks are just some of the moves done by martial artists to prepare themselves during training. The constant movement of the arms and legs would surely make any child fit, toned, and flexible with each training class.
If the child is physically fit, he would be able to actively participate in any sporting activity in school. He would less likely suffer from illness and injuries too. His hand to eye coordination, balance, and motor skills would improve as well.
While there are other factors that make martial arts such a great sport and art, its main focus is still self-defense. Parents cannot help but worry for the safety of their child at all times and this is why they want to enroll their children in martial arts classes. By learning specific techniques in kicking and punching, the kids be street-smart and should be able to defend themselves in hand to hand combat with bullies or strangers that pose danger to them.
One can tell if a child is currently involved in done martial arts. This is because the child would be more confident in his actions and movement. The confidence will come from the fact that he knows how to execute the moves accurately as well as how far he had reached. Martial arts often have a belt ranking system to determine the expertise level of the child. For example, a child who had reached a black belt status is obviously much more confident than those who are still starting in martial arts.
The confidence of the child does not stop in the Dojo. Even while in school, his self-esteem would continue to maintain a high level because he knows that he is able to do most physical activities without difficulty as well as defend himself if he needs to.
Some parents might worry that if they allow their children to take up martial arts, they would become boastful and arrogant because of their fighting abilities. However, this is very rare. In fact, most martial artists are humble and would not lift a finger to fight unless they are really in danger. Young martial artists are taught to pay respect to their teachers and elders as well as to their fellow students. They are always expected to be more patient and respectful than those who hadn’t learned the art.
Martial Art Forms
Martial arts, originated in Asian countries, are very popular among individuals worldwide. Teaches hand and foot combat techniques, martial arts could in the form of Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ju-Jitsu, Kung Fu, Aikido, and more. Each type has varying techniques and forms that could be mastered by consistent training:
Karate – One of the most traditional types of martial arts, Karate literally means empty hand. This is because the techniques taught in Karate involve striking and blocking a blow without using any weapon. Karate uses both the hands and feet.
Tae Kwon Do – Originated in Korea, Tae Kwon Do strictly follows principles on self-control development. Each student wears a belt to showcase his current level – black for the highest (Grand Master) and white for the lowest (beginners).
Aikido – Aikido is described as the less violent among all martial art types. Its aim is to avoid any confrontations and to never use force to other person. Its moves, though still teaches self-defense, is more formal and reserved.
Kung Fu – With all the Asian themed movies (think Kung Fu Panda!) showcased today, it is not a surprise that most kids know about Kung-Fu. Kung-Fu masters educate their students with the wide variety of kicks and punches. Additionally, these students also study the different pressure points of a person’s body so that they will know where to strike to make their opponents helpless.
Ju-Jitsu – This type of martial arts teaches students to control their anger and to avoid combat as much as possible. But several striking methods are also though if the situation really calls for it, Ju-Jitsu may mean “gentle art” but there is nothing gentle about the strikes if one gets hit.
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