Benefits of Martial Arts for Children

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”How Martial Arts Benefits Children” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:36|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Droid%20Sans%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ijjauk.com%2Fjiu-jitsu|||”][vc_column_text]If you are undecided about whether Martial arts is right for your child then check out the benefits!

Benefits of Martial Arts: Fitness

Lets face it, childhood isn’t like it used to be and we all know our children spend too much time inside, and dare I say it, playing on games consoles (yes I am guilty of allowing too much of this.) Martial Artists are known for being toned, flexible and physically fit.  Classes are a great way to challenge and help develop muscles and the cardiovascular system.  In the face of mounting pressure over childhood obesity and all its associated risks, martial arts teaches your child to listen to their body and what it is telling them. Balance and posture are also a huge part of any Martial Art

Benefits of Martial Arts: Self defence

A common question we are often asked is, “will you teach my child to fight” Our answer is always NO!  The ability to defend yourself against a would be bully is powerful.  Regular practise allows your child to develop invaluable skills and strategies when dealing with confrontational situations.  We also teach strategies that require no martial arts at all, so they avoid confrontation before it becomes serious.

One of the thing I’m often asked is if I have ever had a fight, I have used the skills martial arts has given me to resolve conflict but never had a physical altercation outside of the dojo

Benefits of Martial Arts: Self discipline

Martial Arts develops mental focus and ability to concentrate on a task to see it through to its conclusion.  The structure of Dojo etiquette, uniform customs and techniques often translate into other areas of life, including school and household chores.

Benefits of Martial Arts: Respect

Punching, kicking and throwing are important in martial arts. However, so is the respect that is shown in the dojo.  Children learn to bow and respect the people who have gone before them, they learn to treat people as they themselves want to be treated.  Respect is an issue brought up frequently both within the dojo and also respect for parents, teachers, and peers.  Todays society doesn’t automatically teach respect for authority figures, adults or those in advanced positions, so by seeing respect in action they learn what it looks like.

 

Benefits of Martial Arts: Self confidence

A child who is involved in Martial Arts is generally a child who is confident in themselves.  Working through the belt system gives them measurable goals which are realistically attainable and comes with a sense of accomplishment.  Learning to take hits (both physically and mentally) and getting back up is the best way to avoid getting hit at all.  There is a confidence boost when you are playing with the big kids, but it also gives us a sense of humility.  There is always someone bigger and stronger than us out there.

So much of todays society is about instant gratification, we need to build the skills that teach self discipline and these lessons aren’t always easy but working towards a goal you know you will achieve in the future really boosts confidence.

 

Benefits of Martial Arts: Focus and stillness

One of challenges of today is we are constantly plugged in and we don’t value stillness or silence.  We can only learn about the person we are when we take the time to listen to ourselves, this is underrated and yet invaluable.  Breath and relax when under pressure and the answers will come to you.

 

Benefits of Martial Arts: Socialisation skills

Children who find social settings difficult will not always thrive in everyday situations.  Martial Arts teaches those who don’t have a common ground to work together, to develop trust and relationships.  Paired work allows children to work together and develop skills.  Team work is an an essential life skill.

 

Don’t Just Take My Word.  Try It Out For Yourself

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