4 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids

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As a black belt in Taekwondo, I have worked with children of all ages training in the sport.  There are many benefits of having a preschooler in martial arts.  This January my husband and I are excited to sign up our preschooler for Taekwondo and plan to participate with him.  It is something we have been looking forward to since he was born.  We strongly feel that when you exercise with your children, it will become part of their life forever.  

When seeking out a martial arts school for your child, it's important to find a school that focuses on a child's strengths and weaknesses and teaches respect for others.  It will be helpful to interview instructors, as well as have your child try out a class or two prior to enrolling them in any sort of school.  When you observe a class, pay attention to how the instructors work with young children.  

  • Do they exhibit patience?  
  • Is the curriculum well organized?  
  • Does the instructor have a handle on the students or are they running around like it's recess time?  

Once you find a school that is a good fit for you and your child, you will find that there many benefits to the sport including:

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1.  Improved Self Confidence

Participation in a martial arts program helps even the shyest child gain self confidence.  Although an individual sport, a martial arts program creates a community within the school.  Higher ranking belts encourage lower ranking belts.  This peer interaction and motivation helps increase self confidence.  Also, as children learn  and master new techniques, their self confidence will increase.

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2.  Improved Listening Skills  

While training, your child will learn that respect is shown by listening to the master and the higher ranking students, particularly the black belts.  Additionally, your child will need to practice listening skills when learning new techniques, which are required to advance in the belt ranks. 

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3.  Encouraged Physical Activity

By engaging your child in a physical activity that focuses on not only physical, but also mental exercise, you are helping your child find a passion in physical exercise.  This will hopefully inspire them to keep moving and find other physical activities they enjoy.  

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4.  Goal Setting

As your child moves along the belt ranks from white to black belt, they are learning about goal setting and the sense of pride that comes with reaching that goal.  

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Did you ever participate in a martial arts program?  What did you enjoy most about it? 

  

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4 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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4 comments

  1. Heather says:

    How old do kids have to be to do sports…

  2. Timothy says:

    My boys wrestled..

  3. dusty says:

    My 4 year old has wanted to be in brazilian jujitsu for about a year now we plan on signing him up because of the physical and mental control it helps teach.

  4. bulldogs183 says:

    This was very informative. Thank you

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