Martial Arts For Kids
Article by Owen Jones
All people should know how to protect themselves. They always used to, especially before the introduction of the police force. Before there was a police force, there was turmoil and it was each man for himself. Men defended themselves and their family from all types of thieves, muggers and rapists for thousands of years normally with a sword or a cane.
There is far less violence on the streets now than there was 200 years ago, but there is still too much and so many individuals still feel the requirement to be able to protect themselves. Lots of individuals turn to martial arts and the best time to take up martial arts is when you are young.
And this is going on as well. Many parents are frightened for three factors: 1] that their children will experience bullying at school 2] that they will be harassed on the streets by predators or 3] that they will become overweight. Martial arts are the best answer to all these worries. Practicing martial arts can burn 300-450 calories per hour.
But the benefits of studying martial arts do not stop there. Martial arts has a normalizing impact on individuals. It raises the self-confidence of the introverted and nervous, but it also teaches bullies that there is always someone better too. It teaches self-disciple, self-defence and self-confidence. It makes the weak robust and the fat thin. It is a life coach.
If your youngster wants to learn a martial art or indeed mixed martial arts, the first thing to do is choose which style is the one for the child. You can start doing this by watching videos on the various styles. Not films with stories where everything is sketched, but documentary films.
The main ones to look at are: boxing, wrestling, karate, muay Thai, tae kwon do, jiu jitsu and judo. There are others, but it is best to find a general type first, because some require more speed, vigour, agility or strength than others. Some mental and physical attributes are more suited to one discipline than another.
When you have a style in mind, you can start searching for a gym or dojo that instructs it. Check out the safety record and the facilities of any that you like and talk to the instructors. It is also important that your child will be able to attend the groups, so you will want a dojo that is open after school hours and most of the weekend. Most of them are, but it is worth asking.
It is practical if the dojo will give private lessons to students who either fall behind or who are better than their colleagues. Once into the sport, you child might make a decision that he or she would rather have done a different one, check to see if that is possible without losing what you have already paid in advance fees.
Each child should get encouraged, but not forced, to at least try a martial art, because it will give them a practical interest for life that will make their hearts, minds and bodies robust for life.
About the Author
Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on a variety of subjects, but is now involved with The Academy of Mixed Martial Arts. If you would like to know more, please go to our web site at Mixed Martial Arts Quotes