And encourage them to continue, even when they want to stop
The main/obvious reason children need to practice martial arts in this day and age is to stay active. It seems like we almost have an epidemic when it comes to our nation’s obesity.
We’re also increasingly unfit in addition to being overweight. The problem is particularly alarming as it relates to our children. Youth sports and physical education at school are great, but not every child is an athlete and may find PE boring and a waste of their time.
Martial arts offer many benefits, but not only when it comes to fitness. Becoming a true martial artist means becoming a better person than you are today, not only physically but mentally as well.
Mental focus and strength are just as important as is the physical side.
The movements involved in martial arts will challenge and build motor skills, flexibility, reflexes, and dexterity, which help develop a child’s athleticism. This helps create a good athletic base for children that will help them excel in all other physical activities
Fostering Self Discipline
One of the central tenets of any form of martial arts is the complete focus on self-discipline. Children in today’s world are used to receiving instant gratification and this makes it hard to find ways to teach them how to develop self-discipline and restraint.
To much time on PC’s, Xbox, PS4 etc. make instant gratification seem like the norm, we all know that life is very different from games played on these machines.
Self-discipline and restraint are very important for any child to succeed not only in the future but in their daily endeavors. Children with a martial arts background are constantly reminded of how important it is to have self-discipline and with time, they learn to exercise it.
By giving your child the opportunity to learn martial arts, you are also offering them the chance to acquire this important life skill.
They Will fail, They Will Learn, They Will Succeed
Martial arts involves taking hits from your opponent. One hard thing in life is to take a hit and then regain composure to get up and fight again. The problem is that many children do not learn this lesson, and lose hope at every failure they face.
The practice of martial arts means that a child will fail a lot- and then the child will also learn how to get back up. This will only make your child a stronger person, both physically and mentally.
With the number of benefits, martial arts has to offer, enrolling your child in such classes would help them a great deal.
Improving Listening Skills
You can’t advance in the different levels of martial arts or master the skills unless you have exemplary listening skills. It’s as simple as that.
Listening skills are crucial in mastering Wing Chun. Once a child is enrolled in martial arts classes, one of the first skills they acquire is listening. While this will help them in the class, it will also come on handy in other aspects of their lives including education, careers, social lives and more.
Other reasons to keep your children training in Martial Arts, like Wing Chun
- Focus and Stillness
- Better behavior at school
- Self Confidence and Self Respect
- Focusing and Listening
- Teamwork and Positive Social Interaction
- Self-Control and Good Decision Making
- Balance and Posture
- Memorization and Retention
- Self-Discipline and Responsibility
- Personal Attention
- Physical Fitness and Healthy Living
- Stranger Awareness and Personal Safety
The Halesowen Wing Chun School offer both Adult and Children classes. To book a free taster lesson or to enquire please get in touch and make a start.
Call or text SiFu Alan Bagley on 07821 126 685