In a culture that seems to glorify violence in everything from music to video games and television
shows, the idea of enrolling your child in martial arts training classes doesn’t always seem like a
good one. While martial arts-centered action films seem to be filled to the brim with violent
behavior and gory injuries, you may be surprised to learn that martial arts training is actually
very beneficial to kids. Like so many other things that Hollywood doesn’t always get right, martial
arts isn’t quite the brutal, vicious pastime that it seems. Here are 10 reasons you may want to
consider martial arts training for your kids.
1. Fostering Self-Discipline – One of the central tenets of The Martial Arts and Athletic
Center is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to
receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy
to come by. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how
self-discipline is essential.
2. Boosting Socialization Skills – Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social
environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re
in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may
not always have much common ground, but devotees to the martial arts are able to get to
know one another through shared pursuits.
3. Encouraging Physical Activity – Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to
getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far.
Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages
the sedentary lifestyle their accustomed to, but also gives them an enjoyable activity that
inspires them to keep moving.
4. Learning to Set and Achieve Goals – The MAAC uses a ranking system of colored belts
to signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, they
are learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching their goals.
5. Increased Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-
esteem level will get a boost with every new move they master and every belt they earn.
Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth in time become more confident as they
learn and master the skills of martial arts.
6. Instilling a Sense of Respect – Learning The MAAC way of martial arts will require your
child to show instructors, and adults in general, respect. The culture of children today
doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When
they attend their tae kwon do class, your child will learn lessons in discipline, respect and
7. Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Thinking that martial arts instruction
promotes violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from
television or movies. In fact, The Martial Arts and Athletic Center teaches kids peaceful,
non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical
8. Improving Listening Skills – In order to master the skills they are being taught and
advance through the belt ranks, your child will have to exercise superior listening skills.
Kids who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can
benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in their martial arts class.
9. Developing Teamwork Skills – Whether they are breaking boards to get a new belt or
sparring in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that your
child does in his martial arts classes that will be done on his own. Working together to
learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids, and instruction
in martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.
10. Improvement in Other Areas of Life – The benefits of martial arts training doesn’t end at
the MAAC. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will
also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect their
behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on them as they develop into
happy, healthy, successful adults.
If you’re still concerned about encouraging violent tendencies or teaching your child to fight,
it may be helpful to visit us at The Martial Arts and Athletic Center 3820 Line Ave. Speak
with some of our instructors, administrators and other parents to get an idea of how things
operate, and hold off on forming a negative opinion of the martial arts until you’ve done a bit
of exploratory research. You may even find that training is the perfect activity for your entire
family to do together! Or Call 806-322-1080 for more info