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Changing Lives with Martial Arts
June 03, 2013

Martial Arts For Children

These days, martial arts are something that everyone should know. With crime at an all-time high, knowing how to defend yourself is essential. Even though martial arts is great for adults to know and practice, it is also a great way for children to stay in shape and learn how to defend themselves from attackers. Kids can gain many other benefits from martial arts, as well.

Although martial arts can teach children how to defend themselves, it will also teach them self-control and self-confidence. If your child has a bad temper or low self-esteem, learning a martial art can actually help them to get back on the right path. Martial arts will teach children to respect themselves and others - which will take them a lot farther in life.

Choosing the Best Program

The first thing you will need to do when getting your child involved in martial arts is pick a style that they will enjoy. With several different styles to choose from, it can be a very difficult choice to make. Among the most popular for children are Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Muay Thai, and Jiu-Jitsu. You'll need to start checking out the local martial arts centers and dojo's. If you live in a big city, you'll have a lot more to choose from than those who live in smaller areas or rural towns.

When you decide to enroll your child in martial arts, the worst thing you can do is to take them to the nearest school and sign them up. You should spend as much time as necessary to check out the school and instructors. You don't want your child to be in a class that isn't goal focused, nor do you want them to have a teacher who doesn't know how to deal with children.

The instructors should be black belts and above, with the highest ranked students helping them instruct classes. Instructors should give kids lots of positive reinforcement. If the classes are small in attendance, the instructors and student teachers can spend a lot of personal time with the kids to help them improve in their weakest areas. When making the final decision, you should go by what your child shows a greatest interest in, such as punching and kicking, or ground grappling and submission.

Trust Your Instincts

Even though a martial art may be beneficial to your child, it won't do them any good unless the facilities and the instructors are good. You want to make sure you get the best available to you, which is why it always pays to look around. If you look at all of your available choices, you'll normally be able to find the best for both you and your child. Trust your instincts. If you're not comfortable with the program, don't get sucked in by a slick sales pitch.

When it comes to children and their future, martial arts is a great way for them to start. Martial arts can help them improve in many different areas, not just self-defense. A martial art can help a child develop a lot of essential areas, including self-control and responsibility. The longer a child studies a martial art, the more goal oriented and responsible they will become. Martial arts are a great investment for parents and children - which is why they are so popular.

Mark A. Jordan

P.S. – I really need your help. I want to improve this article so that I can provide the best information possible to those looking to put their children in a martial arts program. For those of you who teach kids, or if you have kids in martial arts, I would really appreciate your input. Please join my Facebook Group and add any comment to this article that will help people make good choices for their children.

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