For over 29 years MMA Academy has had the responsibility of instructing children in martial arts and self-defense. This task is one that we take extremely seriously! I have personally watched young students gain valuable life skills and develop into strong, confident adolescents. Parents often ask about our programs and training and what their child would get out of training at MMA Academy.
Here are our tenets and the six reasons your child should train with us;
Reason #1: Courtesy - (They Will Get More Active)
This is the obvious reason kids should do martial arts in this day and age - to get active and moving. In case you haven’t noticed, we have an epidemic when it comes to our nation’s obesity problem. We’re also increasingly unfit in addition to being overweight. The problem is particularly alarming as it relates to our kids. Youth sports and physical education programs are great, but not every kid is an athlete and many schools no longer offer PE. The martial arts offer many benefits, but when it comes to fitness, becoming a true martial artist means becoming a supremely fit person. Martial arts can help your child get fit and healthy and be nice to themselves.
Reason #2: Integrity – (They’ll Gain Self Confidence and Self Respect)
Integrity is one of life’s lessons that so important in child development. A good martial arts curriculum should have the reliability in beneficial techniques being taught as well as teaching to do the right thing even when no one is watching!
Reason #3: Perseverance – (They’ll learn to Take Hits)
In the martial arts, your child will learn what it is to take a hit, whether that hit is a literal blow or a disappointment like failing a test or having difficulty with a particular technique.
Part of life is learning that we all take hits. The key is in learning how best to take that hit and get back up. Unfortunately, this lesson seems to be lost on many in our every-kid-gets-a-trophy culture. In the martial arts, your kid will learn to fail - a lot. Half of martial arts is hitting, but half is also getting hit.
Reason #4: Self-Control – (They’ll learn to Find Focus)
Of the many challenges that parents face today, one is that we are constantly plugged in. While there are a great many benefits to the Internet, there are many more benefits in stillness and silence. Unfortunately stillness and silence seem to be rare to find. At some juncture in life, every one of us comes to learn that the greatest obstacle we face in this lifetime is ourselves. That battle is fought in the stillness of our hearts and the willingness to confront ourselves.
Reason #5: Indomitable Spirit – (They’ll connect Their Mind and Body)
A martial artist is taught to see, feel, and listen - both internally and externally. Tapping into intuition, fear, and courage are examples of being able to put the physical together with the mental. How often have we heard the phrase “being paralyzed with fear”? Being able to combat such a thing is what you learn in the martial arts.
Reason #6: Respect – (They’ll Gain Self Confidence and Self Respect)
The right martial arts school will teach your child that there are no tough guys. Every martial artist ultimately learns this sense of respect and true confidence. Your child will learn that confidence and respect for others comes from a deep sense of self-knowledge.
The bottom line is that almost any child can and will benefit from participation in the martial arts. As to what martial art, it’s honestly not very important. For a typical six or eight year old the point is to just get them moving and focused. The key in choosing a teacher or school is to do your due diligence when it comes to evaluating the integrity of the program. As a starting place, I would choose a prospective instructor who talks more about the needs of your child than his or her program.
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