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Should I Put My Kids in Martial Arts?

By Jessica Militello

With all of the many choices of hobbies and sports to enroll your child in, it can become a little overwhelming to find the best one that both you and your child feel most confident about signing up for. Martial arts is a great idea for a physical activity for all ages, but especially kids, because it offers so much more than a workout and a place to make friends. The benefits extend to overall well-being for the body and mind in addition to being a lot of fun. Here are some of the best benefits that come from enrolling your child in martial arts.  

A Great Form of Exercise

Jeet Kune Do is different from a team sport because it focuses on the individual while still working together as classmates by holding pads for each other throughout class. Martial arts gives kids a great workout while learning how to focus and pay attention to their surroundings for self-defense.

Learning Self-Control and Discipline

Sometimes parents may be concerned that enrolling their child in martial arts will make them violent or use their martial arts training on classmates and siblings inappropriately. While your child will learn how to punch and kick, the instructors equally emphasize the art’s philosophy by teaching kids that martial arts is for situations where self-defense is their only option, along with values such as discipline, self-control, and integrity. If a child is getting into disciplinary issues at school or home, martial arts is a great activity for kids because it teaches them discipline while giving them an outlet for any feelings that they may be struggling to express.

Great Mentors

The instructors at New York Martial Arts Academy are lifelong martial artists who have at least 10 years of training at the school in addition to training that they may have in other arts. Many of the instructors at the school can attest that martial arts changed their life for the better and it continues to be an outlet for them. The school’s instructors are great role models for students of any age, but especially during a youth’s developing years, it can be very life-changing to have such a positive influence in their life, especially if kids continue their training for years to come.

Making Friends

Martial arts is a great place to make friends and meeting new people in an environment that emphasizes integrity and good character while having fun is the perfect location to build relationships. Classmates get to know each other over time and when new students join, kids learn to help each other out to learn and get better as a team effort.

Building Confidence

Another great benefit to martial arts is the opportunity to boost confidence through training, getting to know their classmates, seeing themselves improve over time, and learn to work for accomplishments through belt tests. Learning how to defend themselves in a self-defense situation is an added confidence that they earn through their training.

Accomplishing Goals and Self-Esteem

At the school, the children’s programs have belt tests that kids gradually earn as they train consistently and work hard. When kids learn the concept of earning accomplishments and getting recognition for their effort it teaches them a lifelong value that they can take with them throughout their life. When kids see this happen through their own continued effort it also helps to build their self-esteem which is the foundation for a positive sense of self. 

Learning Humility

While earning accomplishments and boosting self-esteem is a great value for life, making mistakes and learning from failure is also an important lesson to learn which will teach kids to have resilience in training and in life to keep going toward their goals even when they are facing setbacks. Just as the school emphasizes self-control and integrity, humility is just as important. One of Bruce Lee’s most known quotes is to “be like water.” Learning to adapt to the ebbs and flows of life with the confidence in oneself to get through is an important value to learn not just in martial arts, but throughout life, especially if kids continue their training as they get older.  

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My son has been training at New York Martial Arts Academy for a few months and absolutely loves it! The students learn to focus, follow directions and coordination all while having fun with other kids their age! The children also have discussions about topics such as discipline, politeness, respect, etc. If you are looking for a martial arts school that respects all students and works one to one with them to help them improve their form, look no further. I highly recommend New York Martial Arts Academy! Phyllis Trilivas | Queens Phyllis Trilivas | Queens's Rating
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My daughter and I couldn’t be happier with our experience at NY Martial Arts Academy. She is treated with respect and also shown how to treat others with respect along with learning important self defence which I’m sure will lead to boosted confidence in the long run. Such a great place for kids to attend! Kimberly Ross | Brooklyn Kimberly Ross | Brooklyn's Rating
My son has been attending NYMAA for over a 1.5 year and overall he has gained more confidence, discipline, and love his classes. We had the pleasure of working with many of their Sifus and they are all amazing. Special thanks to Sifu Chuck, Sara, Carlos, James and everyone else that my son has worked with. We started doing private classes and then switched to group classes. Great place to have your child gained discipline and learned martial arts. Marcia S | Astoria Marcia S | Astoria's Rating
I am extremely pleased with instructors Sifu James, Sifu Carlos and Sifu Dino. My son has participated in their classes for the past 3 months now. have noticed a great change in my son's school work and how motivated he is to come to class! They are the best of the best!!!!! Would recommend for all ages! Víctor Santamaria | Astoria Víctor Santamaria | Astoria's Rating
My daughter loves it here, and I can see improvements in her character. Lenny Lam | Astoria Lenny Lam | Astoria's Rating
I've been training here for almost 3 years now and it has allowed me to meet great people and form strong bonds with the people I train with. It's a great environment to learn martial arts because not only are you surrounded by good people, you also have a lot of fun training as the instructors tend to crack jokes throughout the classes. Great place get in a hard training session, and a real confidence booster as you will be pushed to your limits and be encouraged by the instructors and your teammates to continue despite being tired. Great instructors that know their stuff and will explain why we do certain techniques or drills a certain way. More importantly than that, it's great for personal growth as it also tends to highlight the more philosophical aspect of Bruce Lee and martial arts as a whole. mcgregor conner | Queens mcgregor conner | Queens's Rating
I have been a student at New York Martial Arts Academy for about 10 years and it is such an amazing opportunity to be a part of this school! All of the instructors are very knowledgeable and are always there to help you. You can tell that all of the instructors love what they do and they want to see us become the best version of ourselves, both on and off the training floor. The instructors and students at New York Martial Arts Academy have created such a welcoming and fun environment for anyone to learn martial arts in. I would definitely recommend training at New York Martial Arts Academy! Angela Gallo | Queens Angela Gallo | Queens's Rating
When I was looking for a martial arts to try, for the first time ever, I was very nervous especially starting at the age of 30 and not having had any prior experience. Starting from day one I felt comfortable with the trainer who was amazingly patient, had a positive attitude and didn’t make me feel self conscience about my inability to land a half decent kick. But after attending for many months I started to get the hang of it. The instructors here as well as my fellow students who I have the privilege to train with are top notch. The culture is amazing, you will never feel out of place and the teachers here are absolutely amazing, they will provide you with all the tools you need and all the attention you need to make sure you succeed and achieve your goals. I Highly recommend you check this place out! Dan B | Queens Dan B | Queens's Rating
I've been a martial arts practitioner for 12 years now, and have trained in different countries around the world. New York Martial Arts Academy has, by far, the best facilities of any school I've been a member of. The instruction is top tier as well. I haven't met an instructor here that doesn't have at least 10 years of experience. You can tell that they all really love what they do. Whether your goal is to get in shape and have some fun, fight in a cage, or defend yourself in the street, NYMAA will be able to accommodate.

One of the things that most impressed me about the school was the camaraderie between students. You won't find cliques here. Advanced students are encouraged to help newer members, and I've never seen anyone be disrespectful or intentionally try to hurt anyone else.

If you want to learn a skill that helps your confidence, increases your fitness, allows you to be able to defend yourself, and make some good friends at the same time, then I would de initely recommend checking out NYMAA.
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Growing up, I have always admired Bruce Lee's unique fighting style, so I was extremely happy when I finally found a Martial Arts Academy that based their instruction on jeet kune do. I have tried several different academies, and I can proudly say that none of them met the exceptional experience that I received from NYMAA. In here, the instructors, staff, and even students form a team based on mutual respect, creating a great atmosphere. I also love how the instructors pride themselves in teaching their students a new way of life rather than just self-defense. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is interested in seeking new opportunities to better their life. Elke Xenophontos | Queens Elke Xenophontos | Queens's Rating
Joining was the best decision I've ever made. It's an amazing workout that I genuinely look forward to everyday and I have never felt better.

I highly recommend the NYMAA to anyone looking to take martial arts for any reason.
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