Nowadays, more and more parents have been enrolling their young children to karate lessons. Millions of parents are using martial arts to supplement their children’s education. We see them start at an early age, some of them as young as 3 years old joining classes. Study has shown that children in martial arts have an increased sense of responsibility, are well disciplined, and have improved self-esteem aside from learning self-defense.
Here are some of the key reasons why parents choose to take their kids to karate lessons/martial arts:
As part of their discipline training, children will learn how to focus and concentrate on the tasks at hand. Children will learn how to perform their martial art skills with strong effort and attitudes. They will learn to be persistent and to face whatever challenges may come their way, and be able to overcome them. Children will gain courage by overcoming their fears and nervousness.
Initially, children get excited about going to martial arts or karate classes thinking it’s all about learning how to fight. One of the reasons why parents take their kids to these classes is to learn to defend themselves. It is not about picking fights, but if confronted by danger, they will be able to fight back. Children will learn coordination and speed, and how to control their balance, body posture, and technique. They learn the mechanics that govern movement and how it plays a role when they are jumping, dodging, and moving about quickly. Chances are, not all of these kids will be fighting using these techniques in their lifetime, but in learning they will help build confidence and courage to face obstacles and possibly, danger. The exercise they do in these classes can help build stamina and strength which can prepare them to be good athletes.
Learning martial arts can build self-confidence in children. They feel good about themselves as they learn to overcome many trials. Whenever they are rewarded by that belt, and as they progress to all different stages, they feel the sense of accomplishment that boosts their self-esteem. This helps them be more active in schools, participating in academics and extra-curricular activities.
Overall, there are many advantages to having the young ones learn martial arts, but parents should be aware that there are karate schools that can easily take advantage of the popularity of this sport. It is always good to do your research to find out what the best schools are available, and what you really want to accomplish. For serious martial arts lessons, you may want to really look into the background of the school and how many competitions have they participated in and won. On the other hand, if you only want your child to have fun and improve themselves as mentioned above, there are some karate studios that specialize in children without being overly aggressive on the training. Also, another thing to consider about is the price of the lessons. You can easily spend an average of $100/month per child. There are additional fees on uniforms and equipments they may want to sell to you so consider this when you think about enrolling your child on this activity.