There are many undeniable benefits of practicing martial arts for people of all ages. However, starting your children out young with martial arts begins the beneficial results to work there way into your child's everyday life in a more formative way which can shape their lives from the start. Our children are being molded from all influences in their daily routines, so why not start them on a path that will instill morals, self worth, and wellness long past their childhoods?
Self Discipline: Your child will learn that with hard work, you will see results. Whether they are working on a new sequence or practicing a single kick your child will become accustomed to the fact that not everything leads to instant gratification. After practice and self discipline your child will eventually achieve their goals and the feeling of accomplishing something new after many practices will be much more gratifying than if they were able to nail a new kick instantly.
Boosts Social Skills: Your child will be placed in a class with children who share their same interest in martial arts. This will foster new relationships and extended social circles outside of their schools. Having common interests as to their peers in class and the ability to strive toward similar goals in this class setting will also promote teamwork. Jiu Jitsu and other arts will pair children with similar skill sets and allow them to work together toward an agreeable endpoint.
Encouragement of Physical Wellness: Martial arts will allow your children to understand the importance of physical wellness from an early age. This sport will also force your child to put down their electronics and to completely become physically and mentally involved in a single task. Instead of paying attention to multiple devices and people at once and running from activity to activity your child will have the opportunity to connect both physically and mentally to one sport and to grow within the field throughout their lives to come.
Setting and Achieving Goals: Longevity in martial arts is key to mastering new skills and seeing hard work pay off! Children will work hard toward both short term goals and long term goals. Short term goals consist of mastering new sequences and movements, while long term goals are tactile and consist of new belts as they move up in the arts. Your child will learn to set goals in all areas of their lives, not just at the gym!
Respect of Authority: The culture of martial arts places extreme importance on respecting instructors and other authority figures. Although your children are taught to respect teachers and staff at their schools and their parents and caretakers at home, respect isn't always taken as seriously in these settings. martial arts will insist on respect towards authority and this will translate into your child's school and home life.
Improvement of Self Esteem: As your child works hard to achieve their goals their self esteem will also improve. Children who are quiet or down on themselves when they have trouble in school or with other tasks will begin to come out of their shell as they see their diligence paying off as they practice and perfect their martial arts schoolings.
Skills to Handle Disappointment: One of the most valuable take-aways that your child will carry with them from martial arts is the ability to handle disappointment and turn those experiences into strength. Your child may take hits both literally and figuratively when they practice, however your child will be taught how to be well equipped to handle these disappointments whether those disappointments are from falling or losing to an opponent. Your child will stand back up even stronger than before each time.
Children have so much to learn from martial arts, both in the sport and in life lessons that they can translate into all areas of their lives. Your child will feel more confident as they grow within the sport and this confidence will be seen in the classroom, at home, and within their other talents.