From the young age of 11, I started taking mixed martial arts classes and kickboxing classes with my family. My parents thought it would be good exercise for me and another way to make friends. Turns out, it did more then just those things for me. It helped me open up, and it taught me many life lessons and gave me the tools I needed to do better in school. It brought me even closer to my family and taught me to be safe when out and about in the world. I want to share some reasons why I believe every child should take martial arts classes and what they can do to improve a child’s future.
Martial arts teaches perseverance, respect, and awareness. Perseverance is taught in class when a child wants to improve their kicks or punches, and the instructors encourage them to follow through with it and never give up. It is an important thing to learn for other aspects of the child’s life such as in school when subjects get difficult or when they are dealing with growing up and with personal changes. The instructors teach the students to respect one another and to shake hands before they work together and give encouragement to one another when working in groups. This can be helpful to learn for when making new friends and when talking to people in life. One of the most important life lessons that martial arts can teach a child is awareness. The instructors have always stressed that it is important to be aware of your surroundings and how to tell if a situation involving another person is not safe. They taught me how to know when in danger and how and when to call for help.
Martial arts teaches self-defense. After I received my black belt, I knew I could defend myself if someone tried to physically hurt me or attack me. It can happen any time and anywhere which is why I am glad that since taking martial arts, I will always know what to do if I am ever in that situation. The instructors teach helpful moves and blocks to learn if anyone tries to grab you or hurt you and they teach how to use objects around you to make a barrier between you and the person that is trying to hurt you. Martial arts teaches how to see the signs of danger and how to protect yourself and others. That is why it is so necessary for children to learn this from a young age. To protect themselves from bullies in school and predators in the world.
Martial arts brings the family together. From personal experience, martial arts definitely brought my family and me even closer then we were before. My dad, sister, mom, and I all took it together and we got to connect and relate on more things and we were glad to find an activity to do that we all enjoyed. I know how hard this can be for families at times so martial arts is the perfect activity to start with the family.
Martial arts helps improve children academically. This was true for me. I saw a big improvement in my studies and my parents saw me taking more of an interest in school. I felt confident in martial arts and I felt like I was doing really well. When a child feels worthy and good in one area in their life, this positive feeling can be past on to other aspects in their lives such as school. Martial arts is also a wonderful stress reliever and that is what would help me get through school on tough days. Without martial arts class to look forward to, school felt like a chore.
There you have it! I hope all you parents out there will take time to read this and strongly consider enrolling your children in a martial arts classes.