Now more than ever, parents are finding that kids martial arts classes have an incredible effect on their kids, helping them achieve better grades and become more confident people. That’s because martial arts for kids is about so much more than just punches and kicks. It’s about showing kids how to become the best versions of themselves they can possibly be! Read on to find out more about this amazing sport and after-school activity.
Discipline and Success in Kids Martial Arts Classes
First, let’s take a step back and define a really important word… What does “success” mean to you? To some people, success means attaining wealth or impacting people’s lives. To others, it means spending time with family or buying cool cars. No matter how you define success, most successful people, like world-famous athletes, celebrities and business leaders, credit their major success to one key thing- never giving up.
We only know about successful people because they’re, well, successful, so, we don’t remember that they were once “normal” people who built their lives on important lessons like perseverance. That’s why we teach perseverance and discipline in every single martial arts class. These skills are the foundation of leadership.
Being able to persevere through the rough stuff in life and have the self-discipline to do what is right, even when it’s hard, makes a person successful. These skills make people kind, compassionate, respectful to others, and they create better community members and industry leaders. Establishing the foundational skills of discipline and perseverance early on is absolutely essential for every child to grow into their most successful versions of themselves, however they want to define it.
Self-discipline and perseverance are critical for maintaining good grades. That’s why we’ve seen plenty of kids come into their first martial arts class with low grades and behavior problems, and then turn it around super quick with better behavior and higher grades than ever as classes progress. Our instructors help them become “indistractable,” listen attentively to their teachers, instructors, parents and peers, and learn how to motivate themselves to get their homework done on time without an adult’s influence. Kind of awesome!
Martial Arts Teaches Kids CONFIDENCE
So we’ve got this amazing kid who’s gotten great grades and behaves like an angel- that’s great for us as adults, and it really is great for the kids too… But it’s natural to ask, how does martial arts benefit the students here and now? What are the short-term benefits to complement those life-long habits of success we’re building? Here’s a secret, the coolest thing about martial arts is that punching and kicking are NOT our main lessons in class. There’s something more important underneath. Martial arts isn’t just a self-defence curriculum.
It’s a tool we use to teach confidence from the inside out, a skill that will help kids right off the bat. Martial arts can be challenging for kids, especially because they’re just starting to learn how to coordinate all their body parts together and focus. A confident child is going to keep at it, whatever it is, because they KNOW they can do it. That’s a good thing. An unconfident child is going to persevere because they think they’re dumb, a failure, or that they’re not going to make someone proud. Which is a really bad thing. You have to pair both the discipline and the inside-and-out confidence to have your child become the best they can be.
So in those moments of struggle (which are inevitable, by the way), our instructors, our instructors come in and teach them how to engage in positive self talk, which is essentially just telling yourself good things. Instead of “I can’t, I’m dumb, I’ll never get it so what’s the point,” we teach our students to say “I can and I will, I’m trying my best, and I will keep going until I achieve my goal.” And what’s REALLY so cool about this is that this positive self-talk starts to have an actual impact.
The instructors get through to them, and the kids become more confident. They see that they really are able to do anything they put their mind to (with the right attitude), and they become so excited and proud of themselves as they hit their goals. It’s amazing to see the transformations that occur in kids who start off as shy and unconfident and end up letting their real personalities shine through! One more important topic.
Confidence is HUGE for helping kids become what we call bully-proof. The bullies at school (and in your child’s own head) don’t stand a chance against a confident child. A confident child isn’t afraid to stand up for themselves and others who are being picked on. Imagine if ALL kids were like this! This is why we strongly believe all children should take martial arts classes. The benefits are so amazing.
Martial Arts is For EVERYONE
Now that you understand how martial arts classes build life-long success habits we’ve established how martial arts fosters life-changing success skills in kids}, we’ll touch on two other practical benefits. First, martial arts is a great place for kids who are sporty, as they’ll learn those life skills that make them a better athlete overall… But it can also serve as a real home for kids who are not so sporty and may feel left out because of it.
Because martial arts is an individual sport in a group setting, kids who may be shy about being “not so athletic” don’t have to worry about “letting their team down” or getting picked on. They get to focus on their own growth and improvement (while they cheer on their peers of course!). And because it’s an individual sport, our students build a better relationship with setting and getting the goals they put their mind to, and recognizing their own achievements. It’s excellent for boosting that confidence in not-so-sporty kids and allowing them to be really proud of themselves in a new way.
It may go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway… Martial arts is a form of self defence. Self defence is, in our opinion, absolutely essential for EVERYONE to have in their back pocket, regardless of age, gender, or ability. It’s one of those things you don’t want to have to use, but will definitely wish you learned if you need it. Though we teach nonviolent forms of conflict resolution, and show students that physical self defence should ONLY be used as a last resort, if a bully gets violent or an emergency happens, it’s important for your child to know how to protect themselves.
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So now you know why we believe that ALL kids should take martial arts classes! Martial arts is an amazing tool we use to teach kids the life-changing skills of discipline, perseverance, and confidence. Plus, it’s a great sport for any child to be proud of their accomplishments and become positive leaders in their community! Get started today with our risk-free trial. Your child will LOVE IT!