Why should kids learn karate?
In today’s society, we are seeing a major shift. Children are more aggressive and less respectful. They are showing more anger and getting into more trouble then in the past.
Some people will say it is how they are being raised but not all parents want to see their children being aggressive with people or causing problems for others.
Karate, is a ways to channel that aggressive energy into something productive. Believe it or not, your child can greatly benefit from tempering this aggression through martial arts training and discipline.
First off, I mean Real martial arts training, not the stuff you see in movies or on television.
True martial arts is based on the principle of non-violence. There are a lot of varieties, types and styles, but all of them are based on strict moral teachings.
Now I am going to talk about karate, as it is what I practice and teach but it doesn’t matter if it’s Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Kickboxing or some other form, martial arts.
Whatever it is, it is going to improve your child’s psychological health by boosting the student’s self-esteem, confidence, self-discipline and concentration.
Karate training programs are regulated and structured so students develop greater mental and physical stability. When you enroll your child in a class, they will learn how the mind and body work together. This will give them a better understanding of co-ordination.
As the training continues, your child will be trained to perform under pressure. As they prepare for belt examinations or for tournament competitions, they will be working on performing in front of people.
This training builds self-confidence in your child and prepares them to handle any challenging situation that comes their way.
Children who are bullied have the most to gain. Karate training will grant them a sense of empowerment as they learn how to defend themselves against violence.
Karate training can also be a benefit to children suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Children suffering from these disorders display anxiety, fear and poor memory. The physical activity involved in karate training will help to strengthen the neural networks in the brain and enables better self-control in your child.
Childhood obesity is running rampant in North America. In the last few years, nearly 13% of kids in Canada aged between 3-19 years are obese due to lack of physical activity. The same holds true for other nations, in the United States the rate is 18.5% and is skyrockets in nations that rely on imported foods.
Obese kids are more likely to grow up into obese adults and could suffer from various health issues like hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, stress, anxiety and depression.
A huge problem is many schools no longer offer physical education programs and even if they do, not all kids are athletic.
Karate are a great alternative, and actually, a much better alternative to PE programs. Karate training will make being active fun, engaging and boost their fitness level.
Being social is a very important part of growing up and succeeding in life.
If your child is very shy and quiet, or too talkative and boisterous, they will highly benefit from karate training.
Karate will teach your child to build healthy relationships with the other kids. Your child will also improve their communication skills, learn teamwork and conflict resolution all while having to communicate with the instructor and other students.
The lessons your child will learn from attending karate classes will last for the rest of their lives. There is no perfect age for your kid to be enrolled. It depends on your their interest and if you think that it’s the right time to channel their energy into something constructive.
Before choosing a karate class for your child, ensure that the location has qualified instructors, good training spaces and safety measures in place.
And remember karate is not just for children. Everything above holds true for adults, teens and seniors. Physical ability doesn’t matter in most cases.
It is never too late to start karate.