They can help your child feel more confident, learn new skills, and make friends.
But no activity is “one size fits all.”
The best activity for your child depends on several factors, including energy level and social skills. Here a a few thoughts to help you decide if the martial arts is right for your child.
My child has tons of energy and can barely sit still.
Your child may need a team sport or play ground time. Or he or she may benefit from Martial Arts. Martial Arts helps kids focus their energy in a positive manner and the self control taught will pour over into other areas of their lives.
My child does well in groups with other kids.
One of the benefits of martial arts are the extra curricular activities. Kids that do well in groups have a great time, and shy kids get support from the instructors to take part in these events to make sure all kids participate. Many Martial Arts schools have parties, events, Kids Nights out in addition to regular scheduled classes. The concept is creating bonds with other kids and increasing the fun factor.
My child loves to jump into playground games even with unfamiliar kids.
Self confidence and social skills are important and parents want this for their kids. However shy children also excel in martial arts because it’s based on self improvement. Kids are not evaluated by the performance of another child.
It’s one reason we say that “No One Sits On The Bench In Martial Arts.”
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense.
Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars.