Now more than ever, parents see amazing results with kids martial arts classes, helping them achieve better grades and become more confident people. That’s because martial arts for kids is about a LOT more than just punches and kicks. It’s about showing kids how to become the best versions of themselves they can possibly be! Read on to find out more about this amazing sport and after-school activity.
Discipline and Success in Kids Martial Arts Classes
First, let’s take a step back and define a really important word… What does “success” mean to you? Some define it through wealth or material goods. Some define it through the number of lives they impact. No matter how you define success, most successful people, like world-famous athletes, celebrities and business leaders, credit their major success to one key thing- never giving up.
We only know about successful people because they’re, well, successful, so, we don’t remember that they were once “normal” people who built their lives on important lessons like perseverance. It’s not a coincidence that we teach perseverance and discipline in every single martial arts class. Learning these skills is how leaders are formed.
Persevering through the tougher parts of life and disciplining oneself to do what’s right, even when it’s difficult, makes a good person great. These skills make people kind, compassionate, respectful to others, and they create better community members and industry leaders. Establishing the foundational skills of discipline and perseverance early on is absolutely essential for every child to grow into their most successful versions of themselves, however they define it.
Self-discipline and perseverance are critical for maintaining good grades. That’s why we’ve seen plenty of kids come into their first martial arts class with low grades and behavior problems, and then turn it around super quick with better behavior and higher grades than ever as classes progress.
We help them become “indistractable,” listen carefully to their teachers, instructors, parents and peers, and learn how to motivate themselves to complete their homework and projects without an adult’s influence. Kind of awesome!
Martial Arts Teaches Kids CONFIDENCE
So we’ve got this amazing kid who pulls great grades and behaves like an angel- that’s great for us as adults, and it really is great for the kids too… But you may wonder, how does martial arts benefit the students RIGHT NOW? What are the short-term benefits to complement the life-long habits of success we’re building? Here’s a secret, the best thing about martial arts is that punching and kicking are NOT our main lessons in class. There’s something more important underneath.
Martial arts isn’t just a self-defense curriculum. It’s a tool we use to teach confidence from the inside out, a skill that will help kids right off the bat. Martial arts can be challenging for kids, especially as they’re just starting to learn how to coordinate all their body parts together and focus. When they’re trying and trying to get a certain move right and continue to persevere because they KNOW they can do it, that’s confidence.
When they’re persevering because they think they’re dumb, a failure, or that they’re not going to make someone proud, that’s definitely not confidence. You have to pair both the discipline and the inside-and-out confidence to have your child become the best they can be.
So in those moments when your child is struggling, our instructors come in and teach them how to positively talk to themselves. Instead of “I can’t, I’m dumb, I’ll never get it so what’s the point,” we teach our students to say “I can and I will, I’m trying my best, and I will keep going until I achieve my goal.” And what’s REALLY so cool about this is that this positive self-talk starts to have a real impact. The instructors get through to them, and the kids become more confident.
They see that they really are able to do anything they put their mind to (with the right attitude), and they become so excited and proud of themselves as they hit their goals. Some of our favorite moments are with kids who enter our classes shy and unconfident and end up letting their real personalities shine through! One more thing on this. Confidence is HUGE for helping kids become what we call bully-proof.
If there are bullies at school (and in your child’s own head), they don’t stand a chance against a confident child. A confident child isn’t afraid to stand up for themselves and others who are being picked on. How amazing would it be if ALL kids were like this! This is why we strongly believe all children should take martial arts classes. The benefits are so amazing.
Martial Arts is For EVERYONE
Now that you understand how martial arts classes build life-long success habits we’ve established how martial arts fosters life-changing success skills in kids}, we’ll touch on two other practical benefits.
First, martial arts is a great place for kids who are sporty, as they’ll learn those awesome skills that make them a better athlete overall… But it’s also a real home for kids who are not so athletic and may feel left out because of it. Because martial arts is an individual sport in a group setting, kids who maybe aren’t so athletic don’t have to worry about “letting their team down” or being picked on.
They get to focus on their own growth and improvement (while they cheer on their peers of course!). And because it’s an individual sport, kids learn how to set and get their own goals and recognize their own achievements. It’s perfect for boosting that confidence in not-so-sporty kids and allowing them to build a healthy relationship with physical activity.
It may go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway… Martial arts is a form of self defense. Self defense is an important and life-saving skill for EVERYONE to have in their back pocket, no matter their age, gender or ability. It’s a skill you don’t want to have to use, but will definitely wish you learned if you need it. Though we teach nonviolent forms of conflict resolution, and show students that physical self defense should ONLY be used as a last resort, if a bully gets violent or an emergency happens, it’s important for your child to know how to protect themselves.
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Now you know why more kids than ever are taking martial arts classes! Martial arts is an amazing tool we use to teach kids the life-changing skills of discipline, perseverance, and confidence. Plus, it’s a great sport for any child to be proud of their accomplishments and become positive leaders in their community! Get started today with our risk-free trial. Your child will LOVE IT!