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10 Reasons To Enroll Your Child At 3T Karate

05 Dec 2014

by Penny Pitassi at 4:20 PM

In a society that seems to glorify violence in everything from music to movies and video games to television shows, the idea of enrolling your child in martial arts training classes might like an tacit endorsement of violent behavior. While martial arts-centered action films seem to be filled to the brim with violent behavior and gory injuries, you may be surprised to learn that martial arts’ training is actually very save and extremely beneficial to kids. Like so many other things that Hollywood doesn’t always get right, martial arts isn’t quite the brutal, vicious pastime that it's portrayed as. In fact, here are 10 of the many reasons why you may want to consider martial arts training for your kids...

1. Fostering Self-Discipline

One of the central tenets of martial arts at 3T is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is.

2. Boosting Socialization Skills

Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments or team sports may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not always have much common ground, but devotees to the martial arts are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. Partner-driven drills engage kids by pairing them together to build skills.

3. Encouraging Physical Activity

Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle they are used to, but also gives them an enjoyable activity that inspires them to keep moving and become fit and healthy.

4. Learning to Set and Achieve Goals

Our colored belts system signify the wearer’s degree of skill. This allows a student to learn to value of short and longer term goals in their pursuit of a black belt. It teaches the goal-setting process and emphasizes the formula for success: Success = Effort over Time. When your child strives toward each new belt, they learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals and about overcoming the obstacles they will inevitably encounter along the way. This teaches has the added benefit of teaching them personal accountability along the way.

5. Increased Self-Esteem

Confidence comes with competence and actual achievement. Your child's self-esteem level will gain a boost every time they master a new move or earn a new belt. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth or who act out negatively to gain attention will usually become more confident as their martial arts training progresses and they are rewarded for positive behaviors and achievements.

6. Instilling a Sense of Respect

At 3T Karate in Swansea we place a high emphasis on the value of respect. A child who doesn't learn respect when they are young does not become a teenager or young adult who suddenly becomes respectful. Today’s kid culture doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. Our 3T Karate classes emphasis lessons in respect and over time your child will learn to respect authority, respect their peers, and most importantly, respect themselves.

7. Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution

We encourage and teach our students many forms of alternative methods of conflict avoidance that don't require violence. Once a child has gained respect for themselves and confidence in their abilities they are much more capable of enacting a peaceful, non-violent response to conflict. We emphasize awareness and respect as the first lines of self-defense in any situation and teach students the ABCs of Conflict Avoidance and the 5 Rules Of Personal Safety. Physical responses to conflict are taught only as a last resort where no other options are available and a student feels they are physically in danger of being hurt or injured.

8. Improving Listening Skills

In order to master the skills they are being taught and advance through the belt ranks, your child will have to exercise superior listening skills both at home and in the martial arts studio. Your child will learn the 5 Listening Skills we teach our students and will be required to use them at home, at school and at the dojo in order to advance in rank. Learning and applying these skills in class helps them to learn and apply them in other areas of their life.

9. Developing Teamwork Skills

Whether they are breaking boards to get a new belt or working in a practice setting to master a new skill, there are few things that your child does in his martial arts classes that will be done on his own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.

10. Improvement in Other Areas of Life

The benefits of martial arts training don’t end in the dojo. The boost in confidence, focus, and self-discipline, along with an increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect his behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on him or her as they develops into an adult.
In addition to the many benefits martial arts holds for your child, you may even find that training is the perfect activity for your entire family to do together. It is a perfect activity for busy families who want to spend time together while getting fit and learning real self-defense and conflict avoidance skills they can apply in life.
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