Kicking, punching, and hitting are probably the first few things that pop into your mind when you hear about karate and other martial arts. You may think it teaches violence, so why would you ever want to sign up your own children for a martial arts class? In reality, these classes actually benefit children in many ways. For instance, children learn self-discipline, their self-esteem and social skills increase, and they develop teamwork skills. Children will carry these lessons with them through school and the rest of their lives. If you have a very shy and quiet child who has difficulty communicating with others, or one who talks too much and responds inappropriately during conversations, kids martial arts classes may be the perfect way to help them.
It's important for kids to develop social skills that will help them grow and succeed in life, and martial arts classes can improve these skills. So, you should not be worried that your children might not benefit from martial arts because they have a specific social problem. These classes teach children to effectively communicate with their instructor and other children, while also learning self-discipline and respect.
Many children find it hard to make friends at school, and martial arts classes can help them gain the confidence they need to form healthy relationships with their peers. Since the classes are small and intimate, children can feel more comfortable speaking to one another here than they might when trying to engage others on a large playground. They will also learn how to work with others and form partnerships, as many martial arts classes require pairing up to complete different moves.
Kids who are very hyper and cannot control themselves in social situations will also be able to improve their social skills through martial arts training. Since they must concentrate on the martial arts moves, they also learn to respect their instructors. They have to listen to each command in order to perform well, so children will learn how to control themselves during this and other classes.
If your child needs to develop or strengthen their social skills, a martial arts class at NY Martial Arts Academy is just what he or she needs. We’ve had tremendous success with both shy and hyperactive children, and we know that we can help your child as well. Stop by one of our locations or contact us today!