Martial arts is one of the most popular children’s activities. Some of the most popular types
of martial art forms are karate, judo, krav maga, taekwondo, kung fu, MMA and boxing. It is
entirely up to you to decide which form is suitable for your child. Ideally, you should speak
to the martial art instructor to choose the right one.
If you are looking to understand the benefits of martial arts for your children, here is all you
need to know:

Physical Exercise
Your children need to stay fit and active every day. They need at least 45-60 minutes of daily
exercise. Martial arts is a great way to burn their energy and calories. It also builds their
stamina, strength and muscles, and helps to maintain ideal body weight.

Discipline
Martial arts is a disciplined art form. It requires your children to follow a regular regimen,
exercise self-control, and develop strong willpower. All these elements go a long way into
living a disciplined life.

Channel Energy and Aggression
If you think that your children are hyperactive or have developed aggressive behaviour, then
martial arts is a good way to channel the same. Their energy levels will be utilised
constructively and they will learn to control their aggression.

Mental Health
Martial arts helps to manage the stress and anxiety levels of your children. It helps them
release their negative emotions effectively in a safe and controlled environment.

Self-Defence
It is a known fact that incidents of child abuse, bullying and other children-related offences
are increasing day by day. Martial arts can act as a good self-defence life skill. Your children
can protect themselves against strangers and bullies.

Concentration
Martial arts requires intense concentration. Children develop a sharp focus while practising
martial art moves. Their attention span also increases and they learn to stay in the present
moment. They become more mindful.

Social Skills

Usually, martial arts classes are held in groups. So, your children need to interact with their
peers. This improves their social skills. They also learn to make new friends and come out of
their inhibitions.

Competitive Spirit
Martial art competitions take place across the country and on an international level. If your
child is interested and has potential, they can participate in various competitions. This will
help them to develop a healthy competitive spirit and sportsmanship.

How to Choose a Martial Art Class?
Keep the following factors in mind while selecting a martial art class for your children:
 Find a class, preferably near to your residence so that child doesn’t have to spend extra
time commuting.
 Inquire about the instructor’s background, experience and qualifications.
 Find out about the number of students per class.
 Look at the infrastructure facilities.
 Ask for a trial class.

You can explore martial arts classes near you here.

About Rekha Menon

Rekha Menon is a primary teacher by profession, now engaged in various hobby & craft classes for kids, and occasionally writes about topics which interest her. With two teenage kids, she is usually grappling with issues that most parents deal with, and shares her views to stimulate discussion on these.

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