Your priority when letting your kids go on martial arts classes might be for self-defense. Sure, the prevalence of bullying in schools can leave you fearful for your child’s safety. It is important to you, as a parent, to equip your children with the right defenses to protect themselves. While this may be a noble idea, martial arts are not just for self-defense.
What they may learn from kids martial arts training are the values they impart. Here are some of them:
Focus, Determination and Discipline
Any style of martial arts relies on developing the attitudes and discipline necessary for the art. Your kids will know the proper form to execute specific moves and the reasoning behind them. Bringing down an enemy is not the goal of martial arts. It is to develop yourself inwards and build a stronger inner self, capable of withstanding any trials without losing focus. Your child needs to have this kind of determination to get through their years in school.
Confidence, Respect and Socialization
Like other extracurricular activities, martial arts encourage your kid to be around different individuals. They don’t only learn the art of movement, they learn to connect with other kids their age. Martial arts also allow them to see other people as individuals of worth rather than strangers. It teaches respect and to give respect to others. Allowing children to see themselves growing toward a goal with other people helps them understand others easily. These qualities are important for your child to have a satisfying social life.
Learning martial arts is not only about protecting your child from bullies. As much as possible, these arts discourage using what they know to engage in fighting. As a parent, being free of worries about your child never hurts.