The Benefits of Children Learning Martial Arts
As a martial arts instructor, you all know how much I enjoy teaching children. The sight of kids learning and practicing Systema make my heart fill. There is a wealth of reasons why children should learn a martial art and you can share these with fellow parents – encourage them to let their children try some classes and start reaping the benefits!
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.
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!
Sometimes in the modern day, children find it hard to respect authoritative figures however martial arts teaches kids to respect their instructor and each other as they learn Systema.
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.
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!
A common misconception of children’s martial arts training 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.