After school programs like sports and musicals are all beneficial in their own way – but martial arts for kids has really special advantages that other after school activities just don’t offer. It’s about overcoming challenges and preparing your child to be the best young adult they can possibly be.
We gathered up our top 5 reasons why Brisbane parents choose martial arts for kids- and some of them may surprise you, like #2! Read on to find out more.
Reason #1: Martial Arts For Kids Helps Kids Focus
If you’re like the majority of modern parents, you may have noticed that a lot of kids struggle with focus and concentration. Some of the issues here have to do with just being a kid whose brain is still developing, some of it has to do with shortened attention spans with increased screen time, and some of it can be genetic for kids with attention issues.
There’s good news, though- a lot of students with attention problems see massive improvement with consistent martial arts classes. Why? Well, martial arts for kids is actually about way more than just punches and kicks. It’s a tool that we use to develop character and build incredible life skills. Our instructors are like ninjas, sneaking in quick games and activities to build focus over time. But aside from games, the act of martial arts itself requires discipline too. To master the physical moves, kids need to be still, listen intently, and concentrate on what they’re doing.
Once they’ve done this, our instructors use positive reinforcement to continually praise them for paying attention. Soon, the students understand the connection between receiving positive feedback and staying focused, and they focus better all on their own. This ultimately helps them achieve better grades and become more confident, which you’ll read about in Reasons 2 and 3. (Cool, right?)
Reason #2: Better Grades Are Possible With Martial Arts For Kids
Did you know that martial arts after school program can help your child get better grades? Here’s how it works: Through a combination of consistent practice and fun games and activities, we teach them how to improve their focus and attention skills (like in Reason #1).
With this newfound focus, our students become more “indistractable”- they have better hand-eye coordination and sharper attention spans, meaning they squirm less in their seats in class and can concentrate on the tasks at hand.
Better focus leads to better listening, so the information is “sticking” better, and they complete their assignments with a higher quality of concentration. And, because the information is “sticking” better, they’re able to recall better on tests and quizzes, they’re scoring higher because of this heightened recall, and voila- better grades! It really is that simple and it really does work!
Reason #3: Martial Arts Is An After School Program That Builds Confidence
Believe it or not, sometimes your child’s after school program can lead to a decrease in confidence because she’s comparing herself to others on her sports team or in her debate club. If your child isn’t the most athletic, or they’re somewhat shy, it can be challenging to find an after school program that suits them where they don’t have to worry about “letting the team down” in any way.
What’s so awesome about martial arts is that it’s an individual sport in a group setting, so our kids stay focused on their own progress and their own growth. They learn how to compare themselves not necessarily to others, which can be a losing game but to the previous versions of themselves in order to become the best versions of themselves they can be.
In this way, our students can tangibly see how awesome it feels to set goals and get goals, and they can understand the discipline and perseverance it takes to become successful. Those are skills they’ll take with them for the rest of their lives.
Another perk is that our students learn to be real cheerleaders for their peers and support each other whenever they need it. This is one of the best things about teaching martial arts for kids- seeing the way that our kids become friends and cheer each other on. For those who have low self-esteem or just feel down about themselves, getting that support from both their instructors and their peers is a gratifying and even life-changing experience.
Reason #4: Our Martial Arts Instructors Are Positive Role Models For Kids
If you think about it, most after school programs are about the end result- the show in Drama Club, the games in sports. This is where martial arts is the most different from other programs. Achieving a new belt rank (“winning”) is not our sole focus.
Remember how martial arts is a tool for self-development? Pairing that with the individual nature of the sport (individual sport in a group setting), our instructors can take the time to hone in on each student and help them with their own unique journey.
Our instructors then become positive role models to our students, bonding with the kids and nurturing them through positive reinforcement, positive self-talk, and a focus on progress, not perfection. One of the greatest life lessons martial arts teaches us is that every black belt was once a beginner… so every instructor teaches with integrity. They know what it’s like to be frustrated or upset, but they also know how valuable it is to keep going!
We always show our students how to get back up and keep going no matter what and how to stay humble no matter how far they progress. That double lesson of perseverance and respect is not something you see in other after school programs.
Reason #5: It’s Just FUN!
This one’s a no-brainer- martial arts for kids is just plain fun! Our awesome instructors make each lesson fun and engaging. Our classes are centered around non-stop activity. We break each class into different sections to keep kids interested and continually learning in these critical years of growth and development.
Games and activities not only help the kids stay engaged with our lessons, but they also help our students make the connection that physical fitness and movement are sources of positive emotion, a connection that they’ll carry with them for life.
This big focus on fun is also how our instructors manage to sneak those life skills, like focus, confidence, and discipline, into each lesson. The kids don’t even know they’re learning something- they’re too busy having a blast!