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Why Parents And Children Should Join A Martial Arts Class Together. Things To Do With Your Children.

Updated on May 5, 2012

Which Class Should I Join

Martial Arts, Self Defense, Judo, Kenpo Karate, Jiu Jitsu,Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi,  it does not matter what style you choose or what the school is called. The important thing is to find a class that will enable both you and your children to have fun while getting in shape and learning some important life lessons.

Parents and Children can spend quality time practicing Martial arts
Parents and Children can spend quality time practicing Martial arts

Why Should I Put My Kids In A Class

There are many things that your child will learn in a martial arts class. The first being discipline they will have to take turns and help each other. A good instructor will gain the respect of the children in their classes. The instructor should be the kind of role model you are comfortable having your children look up too.

Your child will get in good physical condition. Obesity in children can cause poor self esteem as well as many health issues. The child will also gain hand eye coordination as well as balance and flexibility.

Why Should I Join

You will also get in better physical condition and you will get all the same benefits as your kids. The extra bonus of being in a class with your children is the chance you will get to practice with your child at home.

Throwing around a ball is quality time and so is practicing your martial arts together. You will have the ability to create a stronger emotional bond with your child at the same time you and your child will get some great memories.

Your children will get in better physical condition.
Your children will get in better physical condition.

How Do I Pick out A Class To Join

Take your time to sit in on several classes before you pick out one. Many schools will allow you to participate in a few classes before you make a financial commitment to them.

If you are not allowed to participate you should be allowed to watch a class or two before you join. You and your child can discuss which class you would like to join. This can become a great family activity.

My Kids Will Get Injured

 There are no guarantees that your child will not be accidentally injured.  There are no guarantees in baseball, football or any other sport either.  I do know that improving strength and flexibility will lessen the chance of injury in the future.  Martial Arts can be a great foundation for any other sport that your child may want to pursue in the future.

Will My Child Become Violent

You will find just the opposite. Martial Arts will teach your child to control the urge to strike another person. Even an unruly child will benefit from the rigors of a well disciplined class. There are plenty of punching bags and kicking shields to exercise their aggression. Going to your local sporting goods store and buying equipment for the home will give your child a chance to practice when the desire is present.

Martial Arts will raise your child's self esteem.
Martial Arts will raise your child's self esteem.

Is Martial Arts Class Just For Boys

 Boys and girls will both benefit from participating in a self defense class.  Girls will realize that they can do anything the boys can do, sometimes they will do it even better.  The confidence that martial arts instills in children will carry over to their adult lives as well.

How Will It Benefit My Child If I Join Too

You will lead by example. Your child will see that you need practice to perform some of the class activities. They will realize that just because they cannot do something today does not mean that they are a failure. They will see that with practice they can do anything they want to do.

You will also be able to practice these things together which will give you more then you can realize. The time you and your child spend practicing will become some of the best memories from their youth.

What If We Do Not Like The class

If you or your children are not enjoying the class you joined then by all means find another to join. There is nothing wrong with joining several classes over time covering different styles. There are plenty of self defense schools out there and you should only stay with a class that is enjoyable both for you and your family.

Good Luck

If you are looking for a fun family activity then please consider joining a martial arts class with your family. Not only will your child benefit from these activities but you will also gain valuble physical and mental training. 

Martial Arts will teach both moral and mental lessons that will remain with you for the rest of your life. 

Enjoy yourselves and enjoy your family as you take part in a great family activity.


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      Melissa Althen 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thank you! I will look into both.

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      Rick 6 years ago

      Japanese Jujitsu or Aikido would be a good choice. Good luck!

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      Melissa Althen 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Is there any particular discipline more suited for adults and children together? Can an adult with a poor back and knee problems still participate in martial arts? Thanks for the informative hub!