We believe that martial arts encompass physical education and character development better than any other program available. Following are some of the top reasons to consider martial arts in Charlotte for your child or adolescent over – or in addition to – team sports.
1. Self-Defense: Martial arts teach children the techniques to defend themselves and anticipate and avoid potential dangers.
2. Self-Confidence: As children become more proficient in their selected style of martial arts, their confidence gets a big-boost, making them more self-assured and confident.
3. Belts and Ranking: Belts and rankings are a public recognition among peers for the child’s effort and progress. The martial arts’ ranking system helps teach children to set goals and achieve them.
4. Self-Discipline: Children’s martial arts training is a physical expression of practice makes perfect. In a class, a student may execute a single movement or series of related movements, hundreds of times. This teaches the student that the progress that always happens during small improvements in technique and stamina, flexibility or power – will be achieved through endless repetition.
5. Individual Achievement: Although there are many lessons to be learned from team and individual sports, the ‘make the team’ model often favors the more physically developed players while alienating the late bloomers. If you want your child’s full potential to be nurtured through years of disciplined and diligent training, you should consider martial arts.
6. Gender Equality: Martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together. Martial arts also give brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another.
7. Weight Control: Childhood obesity is a global epidemic and rising trends in overweight and obesity are apparent. The typical martial arts class will include warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and possibly some sparring, as well as “mat chat” discussions on character-building topics, and some active games.
8. You Can Do It With Them: Many martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While classes typically do not run simultaneously, they are usually one right after the other. This means that you can watch your children work out, and then they can watch you.
9. The Never-Ending Season: Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather are seasonal. In martial arts we have classes year round. This consistency and availability also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress at a much quicker pace than in team sports. And everyone always participates – there are no “bench warmers” in martial arts classes!
I hope this article got you interested in investigating Children’s Martial Arts for your child. If you are skeptical about making the long-term commitment to a martial arts school in Charlotte for your child, visit a few schools. Many schools offer trial options, especially for younger children, so you don’t need to make a huge financial commitment up front if you feel that it isn’t for your child.