Martial arts is a fun activity for kids to get involved in. Not only does it get them moving, but it also is a great way to socialize with other kids outside of school.
Here are a few more of the practical benefits of martial arts for kids:
1. More Physical Activity
Kids who participate in martial arts are more likely to meet physical activity recommendations. The CDC suggests that “Children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years should do 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity each day.” (source)
2. Build Strength
Martial arts is an effective way for kids to build strength. It’s a full-body sport, and kids use their bodyweight to build strength throughout their body, including the core.
3. Strong Bones
The healthy and strong bones that we create as kids translate into strong bones as adults. Kids who participate in weight-bearing activities, such as martial arts, are more likely to develop strong, healthy bones.
4. Greater Flexibility
Children who do not have a lot of flexibility shouldn’t assume that martial arts isn’t for them. Instead, martial arts can help improve a child’s flexibility, translating into better movements and a reduced risk for injury.
5. Better Coordination
Martial arts is as much of a mental activity as it is a physical one. The coordination required to perform martial arts helps kids develop this skill and a sense of body control.
6. Improved Mental Skills
The mental skills that kids practice through martial arts can apply to other areas of their lives. Skills like concentration and focus can help kids become better problem-solvers and decision-makers.
7. Improved Self-Discipline
Martial arts leads to improved self-discipline. Even if kids are practicing in a group, each child is still responsible for their own actions. To improve, they must have the discipline and work ethic to commit to working hard and the patience for their effort to pay off.
Classic Fight Team in Fountain Valley offers martial arts programs for both kids and adults. To learn more about the programs we have to offer and how to get started, contact us today.