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At a glance, martial arts are self-defence practices, such as Karate, Judo, and Tae Kwon Do. However, they’re a good alternative to team sports, and can help kids feel more confident.

Are Martial Arts Effective

Exercise is great for every child, but children who learn and think differently can have a hard time finding a sport that suits them. So, we have put together the top best benefits of Martial Arts for Kids that could help them in their life.

What are Martial Arts?

Martial Arts are an ancient practice that originates from Asia, and they were originally meant for self-defence. However, today, lots of people all over the world take part in martial arts to build not only their physical strength, but their mental strength and wellbeing too.


There are many different types of martial arts. Some – like Karate and Tae Kwon Do focus on striking and blocking, while others such as, Judo and Jiu-Jitsu focus on wrestling and grappling. All use planned, repeated movements and focus on the connection between the mind and body.


Families across the world say the same thing, martial arts help boost their kids’ self-control and focus, as well as their confidence and mental health.

The Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids

With Lockdown restrictions in place, this could have a dire impact on your child’s mental health. So, there is lots of reasons why martial arts might be good for their overall wellbeing. Here are 9 benefits of martial arts for kids.

Many kids struggle with the pressure of competing with other kids. But in martial arts, the focus is on self-improvement. Everyone who takes part in this sport is treated as equal, we all help each other progress to the same level.

It’s not about winning or losing, each one of us learn and think differently. In martial arts, kids work at their own pace, and they earn a different coloured belt every time they reach a new skill level. This of course can help boost their self-esteem and keep motivated.

A technique or form in martial arts can have dozens of different movements. But kids learn gradually, repeating and adding steps as they go. They learn to anticipate which step comes next. And eventually, they put everything together into fluid movements.

Attention is key to martial arts. We’ll teach them to stay focused to learn and to do the movements. When a child’s focus drifts, instructors often ask them to take the “ready stance.” This lets them reset and get ready for what’s next.

Doing martial arts movements can help kids get a better feel for their body in space. This is good for kids who struggle with motor skills. It also helps kids understand the power of the mind over the body.

Good martial arts instructors have clear rules and constantly reinforce them. They also emphasise good behaviour in and out of class. Some even send kids home with behaviour charts for parents and caregivers to sign.

Martial arts do not encourage violent behaviour. Anyone, who says it does have not been to our class before. In fact, our instructors often say that fighting is a last resort. At the same time, kicking and karate chopping let kids work out frustration or anger while practicing self-control.

Respect is a core value in martial arts. Kids have to show it for their instructor and their peers. Negativity is generally not tolerated in class, and students are encouraged to support each other.

Kids can sometimes struggle with their self-esteem and confidence, feeling out of place or awkward at school. However, kids think Martial arts is cool, and of course it’s hard not to feel special when you’re wearing martial arts gear and gaining a new coloured belt.

Key Points:

Martial arts can help focus on the body and the mind. They can help kids build respect, self-control, and of course focus. The feeling you get from the studio is more important than the type of martial art.



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