At first, it might seem like teaching a child self-defense might promote aggressive behavior or scare your child. However, learning self-defense in a structured environment, such as martial arts class, provides kids with physical and mental benefits that keep them safe.
Here are some of the reasons why kids should learn self-defense:
1. Physical Activity
As your child learns self-defense techniques from experienced instructors, they will also get some much-needed physical activity. Learning self-defense through martial arts develops endurance, strength, stamina, balance, coordination, and flexibility. The repetition of movements helps kids get better control and awareness of their bodies, as well.
2. Confrontation and Problem-Solving
When kids learn self-defense, classes focus on more than physical skills. They are taught how to deal with confrontation and work through a problem to deescalate a situation. At the same time, self-defense teaches kids how to stay calm while standing their ground and react in a way that keeps them safe and prevents potential injury.
3. Awareness of Surroundings
Another element of learning self-defense is teaching kids how to be more aware of their surroundings. Kids learn skills and strategies to stay safe in a variety of environments and how to avoid things that could be harmful or put them in a sketchy situation.
In addition to physical skills, kids learn valuable mental skills through self-defense and martial arts. Some of these skills include focus and concentration. While practicing their skills through repetition, kids also practice not giving up, staying in control, and staying on task. The result is improved discipline.
A child who possesses the skills to protect themself is likely to be more confident and stand tall. And the more practice and training a child experiences, the more their confidence will continue to grow.
6. Lifelong Skill
Self-defense skills are something that a child can carry will them for their whole life. A child who learns how to stay safe and protect themselves early in life has the opportunity to make these skills second nature and will react safely if ever put in a threatening situation.
If you’re interested in getting your child started with martial arts, contact us at The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia. From our Little Ninjas program to a variety of adult martial arts and fitness programs, plus everything in between, we have the best martial arts programs in the Northwest Houston area.