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Benefits of Martial Arts for Children

Updated on December 29, 2017
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I live on a homestead in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Writing and reading are my passion.

Becoming Physically Fit

Most children sit before their computers or TV games for hours. Joining Martial Arts classes once or twice a week is an excellent way for children to become fit. Self defense is a very critical part of any martial arts class. When children encounter bullies, nasty friends and various other threats they will learn how to handle difficult situations in a non-violent but assertive manner. Within a month they will be more fit and healthy.

To achieve fitness and to be focused and the martial arts also help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. They overcome shyness and low self-esteem and there is an improvement in their mental alertness. Many parents report great success once their children attend martial arts classes. Children with a hyperactivity disorder improve as they are taught self control and concentration.

A hour long class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher. After a warm up students practice the arts particular skills which may include kicks, punches, and blocks. Each session requires concentration and strict attention.

Martial Art for Children

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Karate for Kids by Robin Reilly

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This book will help kids practice at home and also to accomplish the more difficult exercises. It also explains that karate is to protect oneself and not to cause harm. There are over 75 full color illustrations, including 40 clearly diagrammed karate exercises. Throughout the book boxes offer definitions and training tips. The images are in watercolor and ink. It is the best introduction to martial arts and karate, for beginners, as well as those that want to perfect their art. The history of karate and the tests that have to be accomplished for each belt, before moving onto to the next belt, is explained in detail. Interaction between student and teacher and the rules of karate are also taught.

The fun facts and information written in the sidebars are in an easy to understand language.

Eden at a Competition

The Belt System

  • Progress is marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colors until black. They get tested for a new level regularly which motivates them to achieve their goals.
  • The kids learn respect that can be the most important benefit. It often carries over into school helping to improve behavior and even grades.
  • By the time a child turns six they should have enough muscle control to master the different punches and be able to do the required turns.
  • Schools may or may not use all the colors for martial arts. Where my grandson’s has his classes they have three levels for the green belt.
  • White is a symbol of a beginner and indicates the lowest rank. Black is the symbol of an expert.
  • When the beginner has managed to master the basic martial arts moves, he progresses to the yellow belt.
  • Once he has acquired the yellow belt he has to be able to master the ten self defense moves.
  • After this he progresses to the orange belt and to gain access to the next belt, he needs to master the techniques that focus on physical strategy and more advanced martial arts moves.
  • When this has been mastered he advances to the green belt. He now has to excel in the karate moves.
  • Progressing to the blue belt they would have to master approximately 200 different moves before they move onto the brown belt.
  • The brown belt starts with a third degree brown belt until he progresses to a first degree brown belt. At this point the student has been schooled in martial arts and is expected to have complete body and mind control while he carries out the advanced karate moves.
  • The next belt is the highest rank of martial arts. The black belt, the student is promoted to a first degree black belt when he has completed the advanced training.
  • They also have regular competitions where they can earn a medal. Eden has won six medals. He has been doing martial arts since he turned six and has recently obtained his blue belt.

He Wins a Medal

© 2016 Anita Hasch

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