Youth Martial Arts Training vs Team Sports
Here are a few reasons to consider Martial Arts for your Child or Adolescent over or in addition to Team Sports:
This is the number one reason why most people decide to study martial arts, and pretty much any style is a great way to learn how to defend yourself. Martial arts teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself – anticipate and avoid potential dangers. Youth martial arts training also helps build up the reflexes you need if you’re ever in a dangerous situation, and give you the confidence to stand up for yourself and fight back if needed.
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. This teaches the student that the progress that always happens during small improvements in stamina, flexibility or power – will come through lots of practice. It also teaches them to commit, to go to practice even when they don’t feel like it.
Individual Achievement: No one sits on the Bench
Many kids have the chance to experience the benefits of Martial Arts early on, however, a big number of children abandon their martial arts training when reaching the teen years in order to participate in school sports.
Although there are many lessons to be learned from team and individual varsity sports, the ‘make the team’ model often favors the more physically developed players while alienating the late bloomers.
Coaches have access to an endless supply of players that renews itself each year, the big and strong get picked and get to play while the less physically developed watch from the bench, this leads to an even greater disparity in skill development as the season goes by.
Naturally, some kids develop their skills and physical abilities earlier than others but we personally find that many kids who start out with underdeveloped athletic attributes such as strength, speed, and size, end up blooming onto some of the finest technicians we have in all of our programs.
If your child is an athletic wonder who is able to stay ahead of the game with his natural talents, athletics may very well bring out the best in him or her. But if want your child’s full potential to be nurtured through years of disciplined and diligent training – martial art is the way to go!
I am sure that while many parents would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. However, the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together.
Martial Artist also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time).
Childhood obesity is a global epidemic and rising trends in overweight and obesity are apparent in both developed and developing countries.
The typical martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching, and practicing of moves and as well as some active games. The warm-up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go – stretching, crunches, takedowns, grappling, punches and kicks. The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles but also help them build stronger
You can do it with them
Most martial arts schools offer classes for both adults and children. While classes do not run simultaneously, they are usually one right after the other. This means that you can watch your children workout, and then they can watch you.
If you have the proper space for it, you can practice with each other at home, and learn from one another. This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your kids. You can also become physically fit together.
The Never-Ending Season
Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather (think Soccer, Baseball, and hockey) 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 in the Martial Arts than in Team Sports.