ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What’s the Most Popular Martial Art for Children?

Updated on January 5, 2015

There are believed to be more than 16,000 martial arts schools in the United States and almost 400 in the state of Arizona. A survey conducted by Simmons Market Research suggests that 25 percent of teenage boys and 22 percent of teenage girls participate in some form of martial arts. But which one is best suited to kids?

With dozens of different martial arts forms to choose from, it is difficult to suggest which one is “best,” but in terms of sheer numbers, karate is Number 1 around the world with an estimated 100 million karateka, according to the World Karate Federation. Keep reading to discover why karate is the favored martial art of kids.

Safe, Yet Effective

In some ways, karate is really easy to learn, but practicing at a high level is extremely difficult. Kids can advance relatively quickly at first but will need to show dedication to get any further. Nonetheless, getting started in karate is not a problem for most kids, and they soon grow to enjoy it because it is such fun.

During training, you will rarely sustain more than a bruise as long as you train at a high-quality karate school and avoid the dreaded McDojos. Yet despite all this, once you learn karate to a reasonable level, you will discover just how effective it is. When you have mastered some complex movements and know how to use combinations, you can disable an attacker in seconds in an enclosed space.

Different Martial Arts Styles

Rich Culture and History

Unlike some other martial arts, there is more to karate than physical training. There is a deeper connection and mysticism that kids love. Experienced practitioners say it is the “brain surgery” of martial arts, because there is so much to learn and you will never know it all.

Kids are, by their very nature, inquisitive and enjoy the fact that when you open one door of knowledge in karate, another dozen doors appear. The more kids learn, the more they want to learn, and in karate, there is an infinite well of knowledge.


Regardless of the style you train in, there is always something new to do in karate; this may be kihon, kumite, kobudo, or kata, for example. Although karate is very much rooted in ancient Okinawan tradition, it is easy to implement modern training ideas and techniques to create an effective form of karate for your needs, whether you train for fitness, health, or self-defense.

As kids grow older and more experienced in the ways of karate, they find that there are no limits to the ways they can use this martial art to develop their own journey. It is also possible to find progressive instructors who can mold their students in a unique way, and this is very exciting for kids to discover.

While it is worth your while to choose any form of martial arts, karate is the Number 1 choice of kids not just in America but all over the world. It is safe, fun, effective, and can take you absolutely anywhere you wish.

Martial Arts Poll

What is your favorite Martial Art?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)