The list of benefits of martial arts for kids could seriously go on forever- that’s why it’s been practiced for thousands of years. But for the purposes of this blog, the best 4 benefits are- healthy stress management, discipline and perseverance, better grades, and bullyproof-ness. We know, those are some awesome results! Read on to find out more
1. Stress Less
From juggling unprecedented issues like cyberbullying and social media pressures to making friends in a socially distanced world, kids nowadays are more stressed out than ever. Stress is a part of life, so it’s important early on to teach your child about how to cope with and manage the stresses of day to day life- in a constructive way. That’s where martial arts comes in! One of the benefits of martial arts for kids is that the mental and physical outlet for their energy. Our instructors are super sneaky (like ninjas!) in how they teach important life skills that help your little one succeed outside of the dojo, including stress management.
They’ve dedicated their careers to teaching kids martial arts because they’re SO passionate about it, and they pass along their own sense of discipline and perseverance to your little one with every class they attend! Which leads us to…
2. Discipline and Perseverance
It’s so important for kids to learn not only stress management, but also discipline and perseverance. All humans, including your child, are faced with tough decisions and mountains they need strength to overcome, and kids are no exception! Whether it’s a math test they’re studying for or an audition for a lead role they want to knock out of the park, your child will need discipline and perseverance to see it through. Martial arts for kids is so fun- trust us!- but it’s NOT a walk in the park- and that’s intentional.
There will be days when your child doesn’t want to come to class, just like there will be days when they won’t want to do their chores – they’ll say they just don’t “feel like” doing either of them. But our world-class instructors teach them how to dig deep and find self-discipline to keep on keepin’ on. If a student is struggling to break a board, maybe they’re crying or feel like they can’t do it- we’re not giving up on them.
All of us, instructors and classmates included, are going to rally around that student and cheer them on. Because they CAN do it, and when they finally do, they feel absolutely amazing – trust us!
3. Improved Grades
This one always puts a smile on parent’s faces! One of the GREATEST benefits of martial arts for kids is that it helps improve your child’s grades. How? Well, as we mentioned, they learn how to persevere, which helps them stick it out when doing their homework or during a long school day. But perhaps one of the best benefits of martial arts for kids is that it helps them improve their BEHAVIOR. When our students learn how to control their bodies and listen to their instructors, we see those skills carry over to the classroom.
Instead of losing their attention to the pencil sharpener, the teacher’s instructions, and whatever their deskmate is doing… They can focus intently on their teacher and the instructions, and actually learn better than their peers. Pretty cool, right? And that focus and self-discipline are key components of kids martial arts that they’ll carry with them FOREVER.
Of all the benefits of martial arts for kids, this one might be the most unexpected. We’re really keen on building our students up to be BULLYPROOF, meaning they learn how to stand up for themselves AND others in a non-violent way. First, we build their confidence. As our young martial arts students notice themselves improving in the dojo – perfecting their punches and kicks, gaining better coordination, and learning new moves after lots of practice- they become more confident in their ability to “do hard things.”
We also instruct our students to NEVER misuse their martial arts outside of class – instead of their fists, they learn that their VOICE is their weapon. We teach them how to articulate themselves and assert themselves to our instructors, their peers, and the classroom bully, to stand up for themselves AND others. It’s an awesome process, and we’re very proud of our Bullyproof kids!
So – did these benefits surprise you? We’re not surprised at all! We see it time and time again- kids walk in the door with behavioral issues, low self-esteem, or difficulty focusing, and they walk out the door with improvement in all these areas and a HUGE smile on their face. Hands down, it’s our favorite part of our jobs! Hopefully now you can understand that the benefits of martial arts for kids go far beyond just self defense- martial arts is a life-changing tool that promotes success far beyond the dojo! Check out our life-changing, transformative Kids Martial Arts classes right here at our school!