Friday, February 12, 2016

8 Reason Your Child Should Join a Martial Arts Program

By Hope Morgan, 2nd dan

In a culture that seems to glorify violence in everything from movies to video games, the proposition of enrolling your child in a martial arts program may not seem like the best idea. However, you might be surprised at how beneficial kid’s martial arts can really prove to be. At the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, we are dedicated to providing your child with the absolute best instruction and guarantee they will experience and gain numerous positive benefits.

1) Encourages physical activity
Martial arts teacher and kids martial artsOur weekly classes largely focus on encouraging, building, and maintaining physical health. Enrolling your kids in children's martial arts discourages a sedentary lifestyle by giving them an enjoyable activity that inspires them to keep moving. We address all parts of physical health, ranging from flexibility to cardiovascular fitness to eye-hand coordination. The sooner your child learns and understands the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, the easier it will be to retain those habits as they grow older.

2) Fosters confidence and increased levels of self-esteem
Our children’s martial arts program cultivates a positive learning environment for all kids and encourages them to develop their personal confidence. It takes courage for a child to step into the workout area and attempt techniques and activities they’ve never experienced. Instructors are with them every step of the way. We teach children that with 100% effort, they are capable of anything and before long, they will develop astounding levels of self-esteem.

3) Promotes teamwork and positive social interaction
Children who don’t always thrive in social environments often find it easier to connect to peers when they’re in a room filled with students who share a common interest. While taekwondo is largely individually based, we do place a lot of significance in the notion of teamwork. Kids martial arts teaches students how to work together in order to achieve certain goals. Our active curriculum and collaborative environment helps the youth develop character and necessary teamwork skills.

4) Improves focus and listening skills
At the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, we understand the true worth of superb listening skills. Students who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention or focusing can greatly benefit from the instruction children’s martial arts provides. Kids are expected to concentrate on the task at hand and utilize various listening abilities to improve focus in the classroom, at school, and at home.

5) Encourages non-violent conflict resolution
Martial arts is stereotyped with promoting violent behavior as a source of conflict resolution. However, along with you, that is the last thing we want. While we teach children self-defense skills, we also discuss and reiterate the situations in which those skills should be employed. Our kid’s martial arts teaches non-violent resolution skills along with numerous ways of avoiding physical altercations altogether.

6) Instills an attitude of respect
One of our most reviewed concepts in kid’s martial arts is respect. Students are immediately taught to respect their instructor, each other, and themselves. Alongside of that, we children carry that respect into all facets of their lives, including at school and at home. This is one reason martial arts differs from other youth sports. A child’s social behavior is directly linked to their progression in their class. Our youth program is emphasizes personal growth and becoming a better person.

7) Provides opportunities for every child
Unlike many sports in today’s culture, Taekwondo offers full inclusion. Your child will be participating just as much as any other student and will be offered just as many opportunities to succeed. We believe every child is capable of reaching their black belt, and for this reason, we will do whatever we can to assure their achievement.

8) Nurtures educational development
At the Colorado Taekwondo Institute, our children’s martial arts program utilizes fun and effective methods to inculcate the importance of education. We whole-heartedly believe that the education aspects that martial arts provides are just as substantial as the physical ones. Our students complete monthly homework, each with a characteristic theme that teaches kids about the multitude of qualities they should always employ – qualities like self-control, goal setting, perseverance, and integrity. Students also take written tests as part of their belt testing process. We believe that by stressing the usefulness of education, children will be much more successful both in and out of kids martial arts.

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