Boy Practicing Martial Arts Moves

When children learn martial arts they can benefit in many ways; physically, psychologically, and emotionally. The art of American Kenpo is designed to instill certain disciplines upon a child. American Kenpo, Taekwondo, jiu-jitsu, and other forms of martial arts can teach a child many fundamentally important coping mechanisms, as well as build self-confidence, and help maintain physical fitness. Choosing an activity a child enjoys is key to enhancing the growth of a child.

What Will My Child Gain from Martial Arts?

1. Better Focus

Many children have a hard time staying focused. Many adults, for that matter, have the same problem. Childrens’ ability to maintain focus generally increases with age. However, some children just have a harder time than others when it comes to devoting attention to something for an extended period of time. This may be due to a medical condition, but many times it is not. Karate can help a child to maintain their focus in many areas of their life.

2. Improved Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking skills are also enhanced when children engage in martial arts training. Karate involves using many different parts of the body at once. Also, children must be thinking ahead about their next moves. The training a child is involved with in karate helps to focus a child’s mind to use many parts of his brain at once.

3. Heightened Self-confidence

Another real benefit of a child learning martial arts is that a child will increase their self-confidence and respect. Martial arts have a big focus on respect, and a child who knows how to defend himself will feel more confident should a dangerous situation arise. Studies have shown that children with high self-confidence become more successful adults. These days there is a lot of talk about children being bullied. Karate teaches a child the many skills needed to defend himself while building self-confidence.

4. Motivation to Be Fit

It is no news flash that American children are not engaging in enough physical fitness activities. American children by and large are not eating properly, and are not exercising enough. Karate is a great way to get children involved in physical fitness. A routine physical fitness activity such as martial arts which engages a child in physical activity, and enhanced a child in many other ways is highly beneficial. Karate is fun for children, and besides all of the other benefits, if children can engage in a physical activity which they enjoy; the physical fitness aspect will not be dreaded by the child, but rather one which he enjoys. Physical fitness is a great way for children to learn healthy habits and stay physically fit.