Martial Arts Fitness

Children are full of energy and we have to find ways to channel that energy in a positive manner. We try to involve them in activities to keep them occupied, as well as to socialize them. Martial arts provide activities that do both, and so much more.

 

Children’s emotional well-being is just as important as physical fitness. Children are inundated with so many negative occurrences in the world. Many places, once considered safe havens, are now full of violence. The physicality of martial arts training releases endorphins, which then acts to improve mood and relieve stress. In addition, certain forms of this art promote emotional wellbeing by combatting aggression. Breathing exercises and meditation are performed during some routines, and they have a very calming effect. Many children have unresolved issues that result in bottled up feelings of anger. More and more children are being bullied or otherwise experiencing difficulties in their life.

 

Setting goals is another important lesson learned while training at the various levels. Your child starts from the bottom and works their way up. They are awarded every step of the way with stripes and belts. They learn that hard work pays off in the long run and that you have to apply yourself and practice daily to achieve your goals. It’s a huge boost to their self-confidence. They feel a sense of pride when they achieve their goals, especially the 1st and 2nd Degree Black Belts. These lessons carry over to other areas of a child’s life.

Lessons in self-defense should be mandatory. Consider all the dangers that children face in the world today. It’s pretty frightening. There are so many threats to a child’s safety. Smaller children are very vulnerable in every way. Older children sometimes have to deal with bullies or fighting at school. The discipline also teaches the art of nonviolent conflict resolution, which is the real goal in any given situation where there’s a threat. It’s always a good thing to be able to defend oneself–a lifelong lesson.

 

It’s up to us as parents to guide them in the right direction, and encourage them when they try to take the easy way out. Martial arts can be a fun learning experience for children. We all want the best for our children and sometimes they need a push in the right direction. There are so many different activities available and they may not always pick the right one. Even when they do, it may be for the wrong reasons. These lessons are long-term commitments, where they will have to practice and work hard to progress. But the rewards are tremendous if they stick to it.

 

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Why Teach Boxing in Youth Martial Arts classes?

Reason #1: They Will Get More Active.

This is the obvious reason kids should do martial arts in this day and age – to get active and moving. In case you haven’t noticed, we have an epidemic when it comes to our nation’s obesity problem. We’re also increasingly unfit in addition to being overweight. The problem is particularly alarming as it relates to our kids. Youth sports and physical education programs are great, but not every kid is an athlete and many schools no longer offer PE. The martial arts offer many benefits, but when it comes to fitness, becoming a true martial artist means becoming a supremely fit person. Because of my professional kickboxing career, practicing boxing and kickboxing on a daily basis has kept me in the best shape of my life. Martial arts along with boxing training can help your child get fit and healthy.

 

Reason #2: They’ll Learn to Take (Encouraging) Hits.

In martial arts and boxing, your child will learn what it is to take a hit, whether that hit is a literal blow or a disappointment like failing a test.

Part of life is learning that we all take hits. The key is in learning how best to take that hit and get back up. Unfortunately, this lesson seems to be lost on many in our every-kid-gets-a-trophy culture. In the martial arts, your kid will learn to fail – in a positive way.  Martial arts training is about learning how to block and avoid getting hit, while learning how to take a hit.

While I didn’t find getting hit to be a fun experience, I came to learn that accepting I would get hit enabled me to relax and better protect myself. That acceptance led me to be able to better respond, maneuver, and anticipate. Ironically, learning how to take a hit is perhaps the best way for your kid to learn how to avoid it.

 

Reason #3: They’ll Gain Self Confidence.

Confidence building is something I’ve witnessed firsthand over the last 20 years at Competitive Edge Karate. Students gain confidence while participating in the martial arts from being able to successfully advance in belt levels to using boxing techniques while sparring to combat bigger opponents.

Every martial artist ultimately learns this sense of respect and true confidence. Your child will learn that confidence in yourself and respect for others comes from a deeper sense of self-knowledge.

 

 

Reason #4: They’ll Connect Their Mind and Body.

Before they learn to mask their feelings, children demonstrate how the body and mind integrate in perfect synergy. Shrieking screams, tears, red face and flailing arms and legs clearly express their feelings of anger and isolation.

To listen to your body is to also see your thoughts and have heightened awareness of your emotional construct.

A martial artist is taught to see, feel, and listen – both internally and externally. Tapping into intuition, fear, and courage are examples of being able to put the physical together with the mental.  Martial arts teaches us how to combat these things.

The Take Away

Any child can and will benefit from participation in the martial arts. As to what martial art, it’s honestly not very important. The main focus at this point for a typical six or eight year old is to just get them moving and focused.

What are the keys to choosing a school or teacher?

  • Do your homework when it comes to how and where your child will be training in a martial arts program.
  • Choose a prospective instructor or coach whose program caters to your child’s needs.

 

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