It’s important for young children to learn skills that they can carry with them for years to come. Martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Karate are a fun way for children of all ages to achieve fitness and focus and learn all sorts of life skills from self-discipline to goal setting. At ICC, we love working with children and we have a range of kids martial arts classes in Sydney for children as young as 4 years old. Whether you want your child to learn to handle bullying, develop good study habits or build their confidence and self-esteem, practising martial arts encourages all of the above and more. Let’s have a look at a few ways children can benefit from learning martial arts.
Martial arts will help to teach children the art of self-discipline, restraint and patience. Through interactive and teamwork oriented drills and real world activities, children will learn that that self-discipline is fun and rewarding. They will also improve their ability to initiate accountability, follow directions and take pride in doing the right thing.
It gets kids away from their screens and off the couch, encouraging them to be more physically active in a fun and safe environment. Martial arts can be a complete workout for the body and mind, keeping kids healthy both physically and mentally.
Kids martial arts helps to build their attention span and teaches children to focus on the task at hand while improving their listening and reaction skills. This results in a child who will excel in physical activity, have greater ability to stay focused, and become an astute listener both at home and in school.
When a child masters a new skill or move it boosts their confidence and gives them a real sense of achievement. Working their way up through the ranks also shows that hard work pays off and they have something to be confident and proud about.
A key principle of martial arts is respect. Children will learn to respect their instructors, parents, their teachers and any other adults they may come in contact with. It also teaches the respect of one’s self, and property. When a child learns to respect their surroundings and what they have been given, it can give them a sense of gratitude and help them to lead a life of balance and peace.
Kids often need to work pairs to practise and learn new skills and moves. This helps children to respect their peers, and encourages working together to achieve a mutual goal. Teamwork is a necessary skill for any young child to develop. An understanding and a confidence in their ability to work with others is an important skill that will translate into everyday life, at home and at school.
Learning how to control anger and handle conflict situations in a non-violent manner is a critical skill for children of all ages. Martial arts teach children peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasise that physical altercations must be avoided. Children will learn to have total control over their body, mind, and spirit, as well as understand patience and be willing to resolve conflict in a peaceful manner.
Bullying is an increasing problem that many kids encounter on a daily basis. It’s important that kids learn a way to cope with the stress associated with bullying, as well as learn the necessary skills so that they have confidence to deal with bullies. Using the principles of redirection and assertiveness, kids who learn martial arts are taught to manage situations without the use of violence, and learn ways to assess threats and redirect verbal assaults.
As long as they are interested, most children are ready to begin at 4 years of age. While kids at this age may not have the refined motor skills to perfect their moves, they can still experience great lessons, get some physical activity, interact with other kids and have fun!
If you would like to get your child involved in martial arts, contact the team at ICC today to learn more about our kids martial arts classes in Sydney. See how martial arts can improve your child’s physical health, confidence and overall wellbeing and start them on the path to being highly successful in their academic, home, and community activities. Call us today on (02) 8221 8899 or contact us online now.
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.