It’s pretty hard to pick just 4 benefits of a kids karate class, as it’s been practiced for thousands of years. But off the top of our heads, the best 4 benefits are; healthy stress management, discipline and perseverance, better grades, and bullyproof-ness. We know those are some awesome results! Check them out below.
1. Stress Less
From juggling unprecedented issues like cyberbullying and social media pressures to making friends in a socially distanced world, kids nowadays are more stressed out than ever. Stress happens to everyone, so it’s worth teaching your child early on about how to cope with and manage the stresses of day-to-day life, in a healthy way. That constructive outlet is kids martial arts. One of the benefits of a kids karate class is that they have mental and physical outlets for their energy.
Our instructors are ninja-like and sneaky in how they teach important life skills that help your little one succeed outside of the dojo, including stress management. They’ve dedicated their careers to teaching kids martial arts because they’re so passionate about it, and they pass along their own sense of discipline and perseverance to your little one with every preschool martial arts class they attend!
2. Discipline and Perseverance
Stress and challenges are just a part of life and kids need to be equipped with how to handle them! Every person, including your little one, is faced with tough decisions and mountains they need strength to overcome. Kids are no exception! Whether it’s a math test they’re studying for or an audition for a lead role they want to knock out of the park, your child will need discipline and perseverance to see it through.
Kids karate class is so fun–trust us!–but it’s not always easy, and that’s intentional. There will be days when your child doesn’t want to come to class, just like there will be days when they won’t want to practice their instrument. They’ll say they just don’t “feel like” doing either of them. But our world-class instructors teach them how to cultivate the discipline they need to keep on keepin’ on.
If a student is struggling to break a board, maybe they’re crying or feel like they can’t do it; we’re not giving up on them. All of us, instructors and classmates included, are going to rally around that student and cheer them on. Because they can do it, and when they do, they’ll have a gigantic smile on their face – believe us!
3. Improved Grades
This one always sounds good to parents! One of the biggest benefits of martial arts for kids is that it helps improve your child’s grades. How? Well, as we mentioned, they learn how to self-discipline, which helps them stick it out when doing their homework or during a long school day. But perhaps one of the best benefits of martial arts for kids is that it helps them improve their behavior.
When our students learn how to control their bodies and listen to their instructors, we see those skills carry over to the classroom. Instead of getting distracted by the pencil sharpener, the teacher’s instructions, and whatever their classmate is doing. They keep their attention on their teacher and learn better than their peers. Pretty cool, right? And that self-control and focus are key components of kids karate class that they’ll carry with them for life.
Of all the benefits of a kids karate program, this one might be the most surprising. We’re keen on building our students up to be bullyproof, meaning they gain the confidence they need to stand up for themselves and others in a non-violent way. First, we help them grow their confidence. As our young martial arts students see themselves improving on the mat–perfecting their punches and kicks, gaining better coordination, and learning new moves after lots of practice–they become more and more confident in their abilities and themselves.
We also have our students promise to never misuse what they learn outside of class; instead of their fists, they learn that their voice is their weapon. We teach them how to speak confidently and with eye contact to our instructors, their peers, and the classroom bully; we teach them to stand up for themselves and others. It’s a really amazing process, and we’re very proud of our bullyproof kids!
So, did these benefits surprise you? We’re not surprised at all! We’ve seen it year after year; kids walk in our kids karate school with behavioral issues, low self-esteem, or difficulty focusing, and they walk out the door with improvement in all these areas and a huge smile on their faces. It’s the greatest part of our job!
Hopefully, now you can understand that the benefits of martial arts for kids go far beyond just self-defense. Martial arts is a life-changing tool that promotes success far beyond the dojo! Check out our life-changing, transformative Preschool Martial Arts classes right here at our school!