How can karate help your child?
It gets children away from their screens and off the sofa, and encourages them to be more physically active while at the same time as having fun. Learning a martial art is a full body and mind workout that challenges everyone to grow as individuals!
Having a competition or tournament that the children can aim for helps teach them to set goals in life, and whether they win or not, it helps them to deal with either outcome – which will be beneficial to them in later life.
Listening is key in martial arts as without listening to the instructor, they will be unable to learn the move correctly. It teaches listening on a one-to-one basis as well as in a group, and demonstrating these skills allows children to progress through the belts.
Increasing their self-esteem and confidence
When a child masters a new skill or move it will boost their confidence and give them a real sense of achievement. Working their way up through the ranks also shows that hard work pays off and they have something to be confident about.
Often in practice classes we will work in pairs to learn new skills or moves and then practice them. This not only teaches them to respect other people, but work together to achieve their mutual goal. They’ll soon learn that sometimes two heads are better than one!
A common misconception of martial arts is that they promote violent behaviour, but in fact, it is quite the opposite. Martial arts teach children peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize that physical altercations must be avoided.