At an early age of 7 years old, my little man is into martial arts, particularly the Shotokan Karate-do. It all started when I enrolled him in a free Karate-do Summer Clinic 2016 sponsored by the City of Tacloban Philippines. After that summer clinic, he is now a regular student of Shotokan Karate-do in Leyte.
Some parents may think that letting kids get martial arts training is not a good idea because it promotes violence as what is seen in many movies and video games. However, as what I have observed in the 4 hours weekend Karate-do class of my little man, I don’t agree with that opinion of some parents. Actually, martial arts help kids to achieve fitness, develops self-discipline and socialization skills. Aside from the mentioned benefits of martial arts, below are additional punch of healthy dose kids can acquire in martial arts training:
Fit and Healthy – this is the main reason why I enrolled my little man into martial arts, to get active and moving. The warm-ups activities, punching and kicking in the martial arts class helps strengthen his muscles.
Respect – as notice in my son’s martial arts class, the activity starts and ends with a bow and standing straight to the sensei or teacher and following the command. Aside from the punching and kicking, they are thought to be polite and respect to teachers, parents and peers. These learnings mostly carries over into outside the martial arts class, helping students improve behavior and even academic grades.
Develop Teamwork – together with the sensei and other kids in class, they learn to master new techniques and achieve goals of championship. This is an advantage as well for my little man to mingle with other kids than just playing alone at home.
Self Defense – its undeniable fact that bad things may happen in anytime. The skills gained in the martial arts training is truly of help to defend themselves against possible bad things.
Do you agree with the mentioned healthy doses of martial arts training to kids? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box.
Have a healthy life!