Fitness and Anti Bullying for Kids
In many ways, participating in martial arts is one of the most beneficial activities for children and teenagers of all ages. Martial arts is a unique sport, offering all of the benefits of participating in traditional sports as well as several big advantages that are specific to martial arts. Some of the ways that martial arts training is able to benefit kids and teenagers include:
Martial arts training is a highly rigorous physical activity, promoting both cardio and strength building exercises. In addition to the exercise that the training itself provides, martial arts also encourages students to pursue additional cardio and strength-training exercises in order to improve their abilities.
If you want to improve your child’s fitness and provide them with a fun source of exercise, martial arts is an excellent option to consider.
Training in martial arts is one of the best ways for a child or teenager to prevent bullying. Of course, there’s the obvious advantage of being able to defend yourself if a bully is insistent on physical conflict, but the other ways in which martial arts is able to prevent bullying are more subtle.
Bullies prefer to target people who they see as being weak and vulnerable. When a person excels at martial arts, though, the very way they carry themselves changes. They have more confidence, a higher self-esteem, and therefore come across as a less inviting target for bullies looking for someone weak to pick on.
The self-confidence and self-esteem boost that martial arts training provides offers benefits to kids and teenagers that go far beyond preventing bullying.
Dealing with low self-esteem is by far one of the biggest challenges in the lives of most young people. Middle school up through high school are trying times for children and teenagers as they struggle with building confidence and combating feelings of low self-esteem, all the while facing social pressures from all directions.
Anytime a person is good at something, though – whatever that something may be – their self-esteem is improved. Being good at martial arts provides children and teenagers a reason to be proud and confident, boosting their self-esteem at a time in their lives when it is most vulnerable.
If you watch people competing or training in martial arts, it may appear to be a very individual pursuit. However, anyone who thinks that teamwork doesn’t play a crucial role in martial arts training has never spent much time inside a martial arts gym.
Training in martial arts requires you to respect and listen to the instructions of your coach. It requires you to work closely with your training partners in a way this is intense enough to be beneficial, restrained enough to be safe, and is mutually beneficial to both of you and your goals.
The truth is that training in martial arts teaches kids and teenagers as much about teamwork as any team sport such as football or basketball. Learning how to work effectively with a team in order to reach a common goal is one of the most important life lessons that adolescents can learn, and martial arts is an effective way to learn these teamwork skills.
Attention deficit disorders present a real challenge that a large number of adolescents must contend with. In fact, it’s estimated that 13% of boys and 5.6% of girls between the ages of 4-17 suffer from diagnosable ADHD. The consequences of this attention deficit disorder are real and alarming, as students who suffer from a lack of focus tend to struggle in school as well as in social situations.
Training in martial arts is by no means a cure for these attention deficit disorders, however, it does provide an outlet for adolescents to blow off a lot of built-up energy as well as a means to teach them focus and control.
Focus and control are pillars of martial arts training, perhaps more so than any other sport. Martial arts coaches work with students in order to teach them to narrow their focus and block out distractions. These are skills that are essential to excelling at martial arts, but they are also skills that, once learned, can help adolescents excel in other areas of their lives as well.
Teaching Self Defense Skills
It’s a sad reality that we live in a dangerous world. It’s sadder still that the people who are often most vulnerable to acts of physical violence are young children and teenagers.
From a bully who is intent on starting a physical fight to even more serious scenarios such as sexual assault or kidnapping, there are plenty of situations where having self-defense skills could prove incredibly valuable or even lifesaving.
Modern martial arts systems such as Brazilian jiu jistu and kickboxing have developed self-defense down to a precise science. These systems teach students how to use skill to overcome disadvantages such as being outsized, outnumbered, or caught off guard, enabling them to defend themselves in a wide range of scenarios.
One important distinction to make is the fact that martial arts does not produce violent students who are itching for a fight but rather restrained students who have the control to only use their skills when absolutely necessary. However, if a situation does arise where the use of violent force is justified, kids and teenagers who have extensive martial arts training will be prepared.
There are plenty of reasons why training in martial arts is an excellent pastime for children and teenagers of all ages. Along with all the benefits listed above, martial arts is highly enjoyable, providing children with a passion that they may choose to continue enjoying throughout their adult life as well.
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If you are a parent searching for a simple way to make a positive difference in your child’s life or you are a teenager looking for a beneficial and enjoyable activity to pursue, we encourage you to sign up for a Free 2-day trial at our gym.