Martial Arts truly IS the greatest gift you can give your child. When you think of Martial Arts you might start to think of violence. This is a common misconception about what ‘Martial Arts’ truly is.
It is true that martial arts teaches children how to kick, punch and block. However it also teaches many life skills that are deeply embedded into the ancient arts. As child psychologist Jeffrey Bernstein says, The power of martial art “disciplines comes not from side kicks or sleeper holds, but rather from an unrivaled ability to teach confidence and self respect. After a few weeks of classes, kids start to carry themselves differently. They walk taller, appear more self assured and interact less fearfully with the world around them. In short, they cease to be an easy target”
Children today will have to deal with many challenges ahead. Bullying at school, bullying outside of school, bullying online, negative peer pressure, the pressure to conform – in particular when drugs and alcohol are involved, and this only scratches the surface. Unfortunately we can’t always be there for our kids, we can’t shield them from these external influences. But as a parent there is something we can do. Although we can’t shield them, we can prepare them. We can prepare them to be more confident, to be more resilient and to be better prepared to make decisions. This is where martial arts will help.
JAI Martial Arts has an extensive children’s program that is designed to develop your child not only physically, but also mentally. Life skills are embedded to help prepare your child for life ahead. Teaching your child about focus, goal setting, perseverance, respect and self control will help them learn to make the right decisions in life.
Valuable life skills your child will learn through martial arts include – Self Confidence, Self Control, Discipline, Focus, Goal Achievement, and Leadership.