I am a mother of four children, three girls and one boy. We started our family on our martial arts journey almost 17 years ago. We all started for a variety of reasons. My son who was 5 at the time, wanted to play every sport available to him. Upon joining the ATA (American Taekwondo Association) it was clear to me from his first class that this was not just another sport. This was a way of life!! My second oldest, who didn’t like sports and who was extremely shy and introverted asked to join shortly after watching her brother in class. My youngest who had just turned 4 was put in for discipline and self control. She was very active and would be diagnosed later with ADHD. I was the fourth to join. I was overweight and hated going to the gym. I immediately fell in love with the exercise, the empowerment it gave me knowing that I could protect myself, and the social interaction with my fellow students. My oldest was entering middle school and I wanted her to learn to protect herself as she got older.
Even though all our journeys have ended or continued differently, the one thing we have in common is Martial Arts changed our lives forever, in the most positive way possible.
Below is a list of my top 5 reasons to put your child or yourself in our Martial Arts program.
Becoming more self aware of our surroundings and the dangers that are out there, has help all of us with self esteem and self confidence. It allowed my children to stand up to bullies in school. I have the confidence to know that my children have grown up knowing the dangers. They have learned how to identify them, acknowledge them with a sense of calm and not anxiety, avoid them, and understand that they have the tools to defend themselves if needed.
4. Goal Setting
Setting goals is a huge way to improve confidence, self reliance, self discipline, and balance in life. By setting short term goals of getting their next rank, competing in a tournament, learning a new form or weapon, they receive immediate feedback for their dedication and hard work. By setting long term goals such as getting a State, District or World title, becoming a member of leadership team or instruction staff, or by achieving their black belt and beyond, they learn patience and perseverence. All of these goals have taught us how to improve our memory, coordination, balance, flexibility, memorization, physical fitness, etc. The list goes on and on.
Martial arts provides overall physical activity, that will improve a child’s coordination, balance, posture, fine and gross motor skills and weight issues. It can increase strength,conditioning and flexibility. Martial arts uses both sides of the body at the same time, creating a great workout for your child’s mind and body.
2. Self Esteem and Confidence
Our children are overwhelmed these days with many outside influences that can affect their self esteem and confidence. From social media, peer pressure, school work, tests, over scheduling, etc.
Martial arts, unlike other conventional sports such as baseball, soccer, and football, is a year round activity. It allows a child to advance at their own pace, while attending class in a group setting. It teaches them about setting small goals and working their way up to larger goals. They learn to be self discipline and focus to achieve their new goals. They learn how to interact with other students, teaching them respect and patience. They learn how to perform under pressure, helping them to understand stress and how to deal with it in a healthy manner.
They learn how to identify bullies. How to avoid or what to do if they are confronted with bullying, allowing them to have the confidence to do so.
By working in a group setting, while setting personal goals, a child will learn to respect authority. They will learn to respect themselves and others by making good decisions and controlling their behaviors with others. They learn to self discipline themselves to practice techniques to achieve their short term and long term goals.
These are but a few of the many benefits Martial Arts have helped my children and the many students that have trained with us over the past 12 years.
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