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The Benefits of Children Learning Martial Arts

January 15, 2019


“The sign of kids learning and practicing Systema makes my heart fill.  There are a wealth of reasons why children should learn martial arts and here are a few of my favorites.  Share these with parents to encourage them to sign their children up and start reaping the benefits!” ~ emmanuel manolakakis


Self-Discipline – Martial arts will help to teach children the art of self-discipline. All too often in the modern day children are accustomed to getting what they want when they want. So much of Systema teaches restraint and patience.

Get Active – It gets kids away from their screens and off the sofa and encourages them to be more physically active at the same time as having fun. Learning a Systema is a full body workout not only for the body but the mind as well!

Respect – Sometimes in the modern day, children find it hard to respect authoritative figures however martial arts teach kids to respect their instructor and each other as they learn Systema.

Listening – Listening is key in martial arts as without listening to the instructor they will be unable to complete the move correctly. It teaches listening on a one-to-one basis as well as in a group.

Increases self-esteem and confidence – When a child masters a new skill or move it will boost their confidence and gives 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.

Teamwork – Often in practice classes will work in pairs to practice and learn new skills and moves. This not only teaches them to respect the other children but work together to achieve their mutual goal. They’ll soon learn that sometimes two heads are better than one!

Conflict Resolution – A common misconception of martial arts is that they promote violent behavior but in fact, it is quite the opposite. Systema teaches children peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasis than physical altercations must be avoided first.

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