12 Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids

Despite its massive growth during the past three decades, there are still many parents hesitant to enroll their children in martial arts schools. Fear of injury, hand-to-hand combat and strict discipline prevent them from enrolling their kids in schools that actually spend more time teaching life skills than they do on sparring.

In fact, practicing martial arts has numerous benefits for children that go far beyond self defense and fitness. Twelve key benefits have been summarized in the infographic and text below.

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1) Learn Respect

"In the dojo, young students learn to bow to their sensei and to their opponents. Respect is instilled from the very first lesson." [Click to Tweet]

2) Instill Discipline

"Overcoming obstacles and achieving the unthinkable requires extreme self-control and the ability to focus on the long-term." [Click to Tweet]

3) Build Confidence

"Progressing through ranks and achieving mental, physical and emotional growth builds confidence in children of all ages." [Click to Tweet]

4) Focus & Attention Span

"Martial arts teaches proper breathing techniques and a state of awareness that hones focus in even the most hyperactive of children." [Click to Tweet]

5) Self Defence & Personal Safety

"Bullying awareness and defense against predators empowers children and can even save lives." [Click to Tweet]

6) Deal with Anxiety & Stress

"Effective breathing techniques, structure, focus and improved concentration allow young martial arts students to calmly deal with stress." [Click to Tweet]

7) Teamwork & Social Skills

"Training as a team and participating in team-based curricular activities help build character and essential social skills in children." [Click to Tweet]

8) Health & Fitness

"Developing as a martial artist requires dedication to fitness. It is an effective way to combat obesity and encourage healthy eating." [Click to Tweet]

9) Conflict Resolution

"While it may seem counter-intuitive, most martial arts teach children how to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence." [Click to Tweet]

10) Balance & Posture

"Poor balance and posture can lead to cramped organs and other unhealthy developments. Focus on these areas also improves fighting technique." [Click to Tweet]

11) Coordination

"Focusing on body awareness and breathing helps develop coordination allowing children to excel in many other activities." [Click to Tweet]

12) Memorization

"The memory and retention drills students go through develop memorization that benefits children in school and in their day-to-day life." [Click to Tweet]