Martial arts training is an excellent opportunity for your child to discover many things about her/himself. These types of training also has a positive impact on character development. It’s no wonder that many parents support their child when he/she shows an interest for such a discipline.
The first martial art lesson is not any different than any other first’s event in your child’s life, like the first day in kindergarten or school. In order to prevent it from being a stressful experience that can result in your child completely losing any interest in training martial arts there are few things you can do.
This is why we have put together this list of tips on how to prepare your little ones for their first martial arts lesson.
how to prepare your little ones for their first martial arts lesson.
Perform Extensive Research
It’s only natural to want the best school and martial art instructor for your kid. This is why it is best to start your search on the internet. Look for nearby MA schools with a good reputation. You can even ask around and see if any of the people you know have a personal experience with any of the local schools. It is important to know that teaching the martial arts to adults is not the same as teaching them to kids. If anything, it requires more attention and care.
Narrow down your search to training centers that have specially designed MA classes for kids. We, at Integrated Combat Center, Sydney, have specialized martial arts trainings for kids that requires absolutely no prior knowledge. We also provide safe and fun learning environment every child will enjoy.
Help your Kid Pick a Martial Art
Whether your kid learned about martial arts by watching movies or some of his/her peers who are training one, you will need to educate yourself about what choices your kid has. Whether it is Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing or some other martial art, you can try to get familiar with the basic principles.
You can have a sit-down with your little one and read about different martial arts online. You can also use YouTube to watch what the training looks like. You can also find out which movies that martial art was featured in, so that you can watch it with your kid and get excited about training.
Don’t worry if your kid can’t make a choice right at that very moment. You can enlist your kid in a free trial martial art training and see how it goes. Don’t make choices for your kids; once they experience the training and meet other kids, they will decide for themselves.
Getting the Right Training Gear for your Kid
In most cases, your kid will only need a cozy pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt for the first training session. While you are there, you can ask the instructor what gear your child needs in case he/she decides to continue training.
If you want to build up your kids’ enthusiasm, you can even do some shopping before the class. All that new, cool gear and clothes are a great way to get your kid even more interested.
Let’s quickly go through some starter gear. For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, your kid will need a BJJ Gi, a training uniform that is made from tougher materials than uniforms for other MAs. Another part of BJJ gear is a belt which represents rank and expertise.
Be a Supportive Parent, not a second MA Instructor
This is maybe the most important thing among all other. Many parents get personally involved with their kid’s training, criticizing the little one and pointing out all their weak sides. This has a powerful impact on kids’ will to train and their overall mood. If your kids are doing anything wrong, don’t worry, the professional instructor is there to work with them. Your “job” is to be supportive and tell your kids how good it is that they are training and that you can see positive results. Encourage your kids, it means a lot to them!
As you can see it is not complicated to get your kid ready for their first training day. If you successfully manage to be there for your kid and support him/her, your kid will enjoy training a martial art and reap all the benefits. If you don’t miss anything and want to make your kid “first martial art lesson proof”, go over these tips one more time and plan everything out carefully.
Give our BJJ program a go and experience the improvements to all of these fields. It is considered to be an excellent first style where the skills are easily transferable.
"Attending a martial arts gym as an "older" novice student can be quite daunting. I found ICC had a very professional and welcoming atmosphere. Having attended other martial arts gyms over the years its great to attend one where ego is left at the door and all students are treated with respect, be it the novice who takes the plunge to learn a martial art all the way through to the high level competitors. In conjunction with the atmosphere having highly technical and detailed instruction by Professor David and Steven make learning really enjoyable. Fantastic place to learn and train."
"i just wanted to say how impressed i am with ICC. You guys run a great show. All your students are respectful and courteous. I am very impressed and pleased with the way Mario and his team run their classed He keeps the class engaged in a strict but fun way. Teaching techniques but also how to be a good person too. To have respect for others and yourself... keep up the great work. The kids are really benefiting from it."
"As someone who was completely new to BJJ, when I first entered ICC I discovered a gym with high quality teaching and a friendly culture. Every student was friendly, welcoming and helpful which is a reflection head instructors David and Steven Tong.At ICC you can train to suit your interests whether its for fun, fitness, self-defense or competition. My only regret is not starting sooner."
"I've trained with a few martial arts instructors before and i have to say Mario is one of the best i've trained with. He clearly knows what he's talking about and has a great teaching style that is both serious and light hearted at the same time, which was exactly what i was looking for in a club. In the adult classes they aren't too strict with the traditional rules (which is a nice change) and focus more on effective techniques. Ann-Marie and the rest of the black belts also help to make sure each individual is getting as much attention as possible in each class, which really helps to accelerate your learning.I did both karate and kickboxing and recommend both - karate for the the focus on technique/self defence and kickboxing for smashing pads and fitness. Also, both my kids also love training at ICC - it's really helping with their confidence.David and the entire ICC team also do a great job of managing the club. It's been an overwhelmingly positive experience from day 1."
"I am proud to be a part of this amazing martial arts center. The trainers truly understand every strength n weakness in student’s n always motivates to develop for the best."