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3 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Be In Martial Arts

Many people come into our Martial Arts studio wanting to know if Martial Arts classes are right for their kids and what benefits they can expect. Here is a quick list of 3 reasons why your kid should be in Martial Arts:

1. Discipline

Every parent that thinks about putting their kid in Martial Arts thinks about the benefit of Discipline. It is well known that Martial Arts teaches kids strong lessons in discipline. These lessons will help them respect themselves and others throughout life.

When practicing Martial Arts kids learn in a very structured manner. An instructor will teach and the students will listen. Often times responding "Yes Sir" or "Yes Ma'am." This helps the instructor manage a large group of kids as well as teaching them to listen. When a child begins to lose focus or gets distracted the instructor will grab their attention and tell them to pay attention or maybe even have the child do ten push-ups. Push-ups are often used as a disciplinary measure in Martial Arts because doing ten Push-ups is hardly a physical punishment. This is because ten push-ups will only re-focus the child's attention on Martial Arts not tire them out. This is an old trick I am sure parents wish they could use everyday.

Having Kids learn Martial Arts in a structured discipline oriented environment will help them focus and have discipline for school, family, and life in general. In fact, kids learn a form of discipline that will potentially help them their whole lives which is Exercise.

2. Exercise

Between TV and Video Games, it is harder for kids to find a regular form of exercise. Martial Arts offers a consistent schedule to come practice and get in some good exercise for kids.

Martial Arts schools incorporate both aerobic and strength training activities for all classes. Most Martial Arts schools teach kicks, punches, stances, and acrobatics, mixing in some exercise activities. For example, doing some Jumping Jacks in between kicks and punches. Having a regular form of exercise helps kids stay healthy both physically and mentally everyday.

Of course the benefit of having your child doing a form of exercise should be enough right? Well, maybe for you but what about your child? That is why Martial Arts classes for Kids are geared toward having fun. Kids classes always incorporate fun games and activities to help kids do all the exercises and learn Martial Arts.

3. Fun

Kids usually come to Martial Arts and have the time of their lives. Classes for kids are tailored to teaching children with fun and exciting exercise and drills. All schools I have been at teach kids with games, obstacle courses, and team building activities. It's always great to see a kid go through an obstacle course for the first time because by the end they have a smile that extends from ear-to-ear.

Fun is not one of the ideas most people initially think about Martial Arts but when you are in Martial Arts it is always on your mind.

Submitted by:

Steffen Kellogg

Steffen Kellogg is the Head Instructor at Kuk Sool Won of St Paul. He holds the Martial Arts rank of Third Degree Black Belt. Steffen received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana specializing in child psychology. http://www.stpaulksw.com


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