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Karate Classes can be useful for Child

Every child, at one point in life, will beg his or her parents to be enrolled in karate classes. Few parents will act on this. Instead, many will sign their children up for baseball, soccer and other familiar team sports. However, those parents who enroll their children in karate lessons will be providing their kids with exceptional life skills designed to shape their character while keeping them fit.

If you want your children to learn skills that will keep them physically, mentally and emotionally fit then karate classes are a great alternative to team sports. While team sports offer similar benefits, learning these skills can be limited to those kids on the playing field. Karate and martial arts ensure that every child participates, leaving no one “riding the bench” and feeling left out.

Karate lessons improve children’s ability to defend themselves in emergency situations. It teaches them combative moves that include punches, kicks, knee and elbow strikes, as well as open hand techniques. It may also include grappling and similar moves. These techniques are taught to show children the proper way to defend themselves and to help them become more “stranger aware”.

Karate classes also help children learn personal discipline and confidence. The sessions demand that each child respect and trust their instructor as well as each other. Most instructors will agree that karate is more of a character building activity rather than one that teaches children how to fight. Master Gichin Funakoshi said, “The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character of its participants“. The best of instructors will stress that kids learn accomplishment, modesty, strength of mind and drive from their karate lessons.

Children as young as five or six may be enrolled in karate classes where they will learn the basics of the sport. They will enjoy the challenge of learning and practicing new techniques while facing challenges that will teach them how to humbly accept achievement or defeat. Karate lessons will start them on an early path to attaining positive character traits.

The unique formalities of karate are what truly teach children reverence and the rewards of good behavior. Karate classes are great for “troublemakers” because in order to excel, the child must understand and practice respect. They will not experience the joy of advancement and approval without the appropriate class behavior.

The mental, physical and emotional benefits that martial arts and karate lessons can teach your children are immense. From learning techniques that keep their bodies moving, to learning how to carry themselves with poise, children of all ages will enjoy the fun of participating in karate classes.