вторник, 8 декабря 2015 г.

10 Reasons to Teach Your Kids Martial Arts

10 Reasons to Teach Your Kids Martial Arts

10 Reasons to Teach Your Kids Martial Arts

Reblogged this on homesteaddad and commented:

I took a session of Judo about ten years ago and loved it. I should really get the kids into it now.

Awesome I like it and i agree with you

I teach kids karate for a living, but you came up with a few I did not consider, like Learn How to Take a Punch and Fight in a Controlled Environment. Brilliant, and thanks!

Some great points, I would also add that training in martial arts gives children positive role models of various races, social statuses and from both genders. This includes the instructor/s, higher grade students and famous old masters and I thing it gives kids a level of respect for others that they may otherwise not learn.

Fantastic post. Thanks for sharing. !!

I agree, taking a punch is one of those things that you really need to “learn”. It can be shocking and very disorienting if you’re not used to it. And if you freak out and get disoriented in a fight, it’s game over. You’ve lost.

You have some very good and accurate points. I’ve been in martial arts for 21 years and hold two black belts in different styles. I too agree that kids should learn martial arts for the reasons above.

I would add that it is really important to find a school/style that gives rank promotions based on skills developed! There are a handful of schools that put more emphasis on attending a certain number of classes in order to move up. Kids can develop a dangerous false sense of confidence that way! A green belt in one style is not the same as every other – do you research before joining!

I am a black belt, and I would add that martial arts also helps kids to deal with times when others get in “their space.” A good teacher helps you to know what you can and can’t do, and helps you learn to assess the capabilities of others. If someone gets in your trained child’s face and threatens them, they have a much better sense of knowing whether to just stand their ground (lots of bullies will just back down), or to run like mad! It’s the whole keeping your head thing – like with knowing how to take a punch!

Great article!

I have a young man for a son, he has been taking tae kwon do for a while. Now he is the masters assistant. Very proud, He has never giving us problems. But tae kwon do showed him how to handle a situation if one should arize and in this day of age, u need to know how to handle a situtation.

Martial arts is a great extra curricular activity giving kids confidence and discipline. Being part of a martial arts school is being a part of a community. Confidence and situational awareness will keep kids out of trouble before trouble finds them. Great list of martial arts benefits for kids.


My children have been in Martial Arts more than half of their lives, eons before I ever heard the word “prepper.” It’s not something I dreamed of before my children were born. I know of expectant mothers who insist their children will do this or study that. No, it was nothing that contrived. It was much more of a serendipity situation. I got an email from a homeschooling group that there was a couple teaching “karate in the park.” More than 7 years later I have one black belt, one red belt and one brown belt in Tae kwon do.

In my opinion all of these are great life skills, and it just makes sense to my husband and me to teach them to our children no matter what the future holds. There are a number of different Martial Art disciples all a little different but all instill these values. There are a number of different things to look for when looking to study Martial Arts.

10 Reasons for Your Kids to Learn Martial Arts

Confidence: When you’re confident you can defend yourself, and don’t come across as an easy target that most bullies look for. Also, if you have accomplished something a little difficult then you have confidence that you can move onto a new level, not just in martial arts but in any area of your life.

Defense: My boys may not be able to take on any opponent in the world. However, they have learned techniques to help them defend themselves in hostile situations.

Learn How to Take a Punch: This is a difficult concept for a mother to get her head around let alone accept. The best defense in most situations is to run, flee or remove yourself from the situation. If there is some reason you have not left the situation it usually means your opponent has thrown the first punch and is on top of you or has attacked you in some way. If you know what it feels like to take a punch and keep your wits about you, you’re chances of survival are much greater.

Discipline: This is another point that ripples throughout a child’s life. However, to master the different levels of any martial art you’ve got to have physical and mental discipline. Martial arts give children practice using the body and mind in harmony.

Endurance: Martial arts is a sport, you build strength and endurance.

Leadership: Part of becoming a black belt and higher is teaching beginning students. My older son is now teaching younger students and this is part of his training.

Health: We have an epidemic of childhood obesity in this country. Martial Arts is a great way to get moving and burn off calories.

Fight in a Controlled Environment: This one was hard for me as a mother. Of course at first it was cute. My little five year old child sparing with another five year old was nothing more than two clumsy kids trying to hit each other. My oldest son sparing during his black belt test was stomach turning. But my boys have the experience of fighting and they’ve learned it in a controlled environment without getting hurt. (at least hurt too badly)

Situational Awareness: This goes along with confidence and defense but studying martial arts requires that you always be aware of your environment.

Ability to Assess an Opponent: If you can determine that your opponent is weak in an area you can use that to your advantage in any hostile environment. This is an invaluable skill.

Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast discusses how to find the right instructor and goes into more detail about some things I’ve mentioned. You can find his podcast here.


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