Martial arts is a type of training which was originally designed to help fighters preparing for combat.
Most martial arts are based around traditional fighting techniques from Asia and are done for a number of reasons including fitness, self defence and even as a form of meditation!
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Will your kids enjoy Martial Arts?
Could your child benefit from developing their fitness and mental focus?
Martial arts might be perfect for them. Rather than teaching fighting skills, most martial arts activities for kids are aimed at helping them to develop strength and agility, and learning the values of courtesy and respect. Your child will be taught a series of exercises and movements which are designed to encourage discipline and stamina- as well as being useful self defence techniques. Martial arts can be great for very active kids who would benefit from calming techniques, and may also help increase confidence for shy children. Other benefits include:
- Improved endurance and fitness
- Increased mental focus
- Learning self respect and respect for others
- Teaching self discipline may help children do better academically
- Valuable self defence skills
- Increased confidence and sense of achievement from working towards different levels and belts
Not sure what age to start your child?
For kids’ activities which focus more on the mental benefits of martial arts, children from as young as 3 can have a try. If your child wants to get into a serious martial art it is probably a good idea to wait until they are a bit older and have developed the attention span and self discipline. Many instructors recommend starting at around 10 years of age and above.
How can you organise Martial Arts classes for your kids?
Classes are usually held at martial arts academies and generally membership of the academy or school is required. Costs vary but are usually around $70 a month for access to kids’ classes. Family discounts are often provided which are a great way to get the whole family involved.
There are a few different martial arts that are suitable for kids including:
Is your child keen to get started?
Most of the necessary gear is provided but you will need to get them a uniform and belts. some martial arts may equire your kid wears a helmet and chest protection (e.g. taekwondo). Tatami mats (to help ensure soft landings!) are usually provided by the school.
Whether your child’s goal is to get fit, gain confidence or get involved in competitive activities, why not give martial arts a try? Check the ActiveActivities directory for more information!