The Benefits of Martial Arts
With a bloodcurdling cry, your 6-year-old leaps into the air in a karate kick, raising your hair and blood pressure simultaneously. Before you panic and pad the walls, try channeling this urge into a martial arts class.
Activities like karate are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that’s a myth, according to experts. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.
A typical hour-long class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher, or master. After a warm-up, students practice the art’s particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention.
Progress is marked a belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colours until black. Testing for each new level, generally every three months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.
But, say experts, it’s the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit: It often carries over into school, helping to improve behaviour and even grades, according to recent research.
It is also important that in this ever increasing violent society that children learn how to protect themselves. To this aim we have a kids Club, starting from the age of six.
Our team of instructors teach the children how to defend themselves in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere, but at the same time establishing discipline and self control of this exciting Martial Art.
The kids Club have their own mascot, Sensei Side Kick and we have regular fun competitions for example word searches, colouring and cross words for the children to win prizes, such as sweatshirts and Tee shirts.
All instructors have a current first aid Certificate, professional indemnity insurance and attend regular training. They are all Enhanced DBS checked and the Club has its own Child Protection Policy.