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101 Reasons to Learn Martial Arts

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I’d bet you’d be hard pressed to find a black belt who would trade all of their knowledge, experience and friendships they made along the way for million dollars. It’s certainly a worthy endeavor that is highly rewarding.

If you’ve been thinking about starting yourself, here are 101 reasons for you to consider…

  1. Because it will help you feel confident in yourself
  2. Because you want to know what to do “when it hits the fan”
  3. Because you feel nervous walking to your car at night
  4. Because you’ll feel proud of yourself
  5. Because it helps you lose some weight
  6. Because it helps to relieve stress
  7. Because it gives you “you time”
  8. Because it’s cheaper than a personal trainer
  9. Because it increases your productivity at work
  10. Because it is a great investment in yourself
  11. Because it will make you walk taller
  12. Because you may need to protect your loved ones someday
  13. Because you want to be able to take care of yourself
  14. Because it improves your balance
  15. Because it improves your coordination
  16. Because it improves your flexibility
  17. Because it can help you sleep better at night
  18. Because it makes you sweat
  19. Because it sharpens your mind
  20. Because it increases your awareness
  21. Because it builds character
  22. Because you are worth it
  23. Because you deserve a better life
  24. Because you want to meet new people
  25. Because you’ve always wanted to earn a black belt
  26. Because it elevates your spirit
  27. Because you want a workout with a purpose
  28. Because it is an adventure worth taking
  29. Because it will boost your energy
  30. Because it will help you remain calm in difficult situations
  31. Because it is empowering
  32. Because it will help you feel safer
  33. Because it helps increase your longevity
  34. Because it helps you learn to never give up
  35. Because it helps become more patient
  36. Because it is exhilarating
  37. Because punching something feels so good
  38. Because kicking something feels even better
  39. Because it gives you inner peace
  40. Because your friends will see a change in you
  41. Because it sets you apart from your friends
  42. Because it helps you to overcome challenges
  43. Because it forces you to become disciplined
  44. Because it is based on philosophy
  45. Because it emphasizes self-restraint
  46. Because it connects you to a rich history and tradition
  47. Because you lose your ego and become more humble in the process
  48. Because it feeds your need to be creative
  49. Because it fulfills your need to compete
  50. Because it will help you develop your leadership skills
  51. Because it teaches you to overcome self doubt
  52. Because you will learn something new
  53. Because earning a black belt is an accomplishment few have earned
  54. Because it helps you fulfill your curiosity about the martial arts
  55. Because it helps you to remain focused in your everyday life
  56. Because it pushes you to break through your own limits
  57. Because it can help you overcome your anxiety of being attacked
  58. Because you’re seeking balance in your life
  59. Because you want you want to belong to something
  60. Because you have always felt uncoordinated
  61. Because it emphasizes respect of others
  62. Because it connects you to a rich and fascinating history
  63. Because you’re tired of sitting on the couch
  64. Because you’re tired of hearing about how awesome it is from your friend
  65. Because you’re seeking something physically challenging
  66. Because you want to participate in something mentally stimulating
  67. Because you need a break from your kids
  68. Because you’re never to old to get started
  69. Because you want motivation to keep active
  70. Because you need a break from your usual routine
  71. Because you need something to do besides just work
  72. Because you think going to the gym is boring
  73. Because you don’t know what to do if you were ever confronted
  74. Because you like being around honest people
  75. Because you like being around courteous people
  76. Because you know that without perseverance nothing meaningful can be achieved
  77. Because being honorable in your all your dealings in important to you
  78. Because its something you won’t regret
  79. Because it keeps you mentally sharp
  80. Because it makes you feel good about yourself
  81. Because you want to get into better shape
  82. Because it can help you overcome your fears
  83. Because it can help you lower your blood pressure
  84. Because it can help you get conditioned
  85. Because you will learn to hit the right targets that get results
  86. Because it will help you stop being a procrastinator
  87. Because running isn’t your thing
  88. Because you’re tired of feeling fatigued
  89. Because you’re looking for a different way to exercise
  90. Because it’s not all about just getting into better physical shape
  91. Because you can inspire others
  92. Because it brings about a gentleness within you
  93. Because it can help you lower your heart rate
  94. Because you feel like something is missing in your life
  95. Because you want to learn self-defense
  96. Because you don’t want to be bullied ever again
  97. Because you don’t feel you can stick up for yourself
  98. Because something bad happened in your life (and you never want it to happen again)
  99. Because your body is meant to move
  100. Because it will make you feel better
  101. Because its fun!

I hope this long list of reasons why you should take martial arts gives you inspiration you’ve needed to finally begin taking martial arts as an adult.

 


 

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Six Benefits that Doctors agree Children Gain from Martial Arts…

So often we hear from parents who tell us that their child ‘has loads of energy, I just wish she’d focus it better‘ or ‘He’s a lovely lad, but he really needs to concentrate more’.  

Or how about the nearly extinct art of good manners? We parents understand that to respect others we must first respect ourselves. So we hunt for ways to instill that hard-to-catch mix of self-confidence balanced by humility.

According to doctors, specifically The American Academy of Pediatriciansmartial arts may be the answer for your child. Here are 6 benefits these Doctors say children receive from martial arts.


 

Kids Martial Arts

  1. Better social skills
  2. Discipline
  3. Respect
  4. Focus and Concentration
  5. Improved fine motor skills
  6. Self-confidence

I’m sure we’d all agree than even just one of these would be a great benefit, but knowing that they are ALL improved by the practice of martial arts is amazing!

How about a couple more though as well?

7.  Martial arts is fun!

8.  Children who train in the martial arts gain a really positive peer group

This one is really important.  We are all naturally influenced by the people we spend a lot of time with, and if those people are naturally more positive, committed, polite and respectful then that’s a great group for your child to associate with! If you care about improving yourself, or providing better role models for your child, then you want to spend most of your time with others who are committed to do the same.  Enrolling in a martial arts class is a great way to do that 🙂

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How Martial Arts Builds Self-Esteem in Children…

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Confident Child in Martial Arts UniformHere are the senses people, especially children and teens, need in order to nourish their self-esteem:

A Sense of Security

Pediatricians reason that a child secure in her ability to face the future, near-term and long-term, has the necessary foundation for high self-esteem. A child, teen, even an adult, that practices a martial art learns new skills. When they see their own progress, that powers belief in one’s own ability to handle new challenges.

A Sense of Belonging

It starts in the family, but Pediatricians say kids need another group to belong to as well. Connecting with other people at school, church, or some organization where members share a common interest further shores up a sense that they belong. In martial arts, people of all ages connect over their shared goal of improving their health and well-being…and having fun while doing it. It’s easy to make friends this way, and looking around in class one sees it happening.

A Sense of Purpose

Purpose channels energy in a meaningful direction. Most importantly, it’s got to be a direction and purpose that the child cares about, rather than one someone else forces upon them. When forced, we resent. And with no purpose, one becomes bored and aimless, which pediatricians claim can lead to trouble.

Martial arts has a road of achievement built into it. A child or teen that starts down this path can see measurable targets to aim for in their progress. Each belt earned means one has been tested and measured by someone else, an experienced instructor. Martial arts creates a testing system that most kids want to take. That’s a sure sign of self-esteem, when one happily looks forward to another chance to test their progress.

A Sense of Personal Competence and Pride

Who doesn’t want one more place in the world where we can hear the words, “Good job”? Instructors float through the class, watching student technique. Hard work pays off with these verbal pats on the back. It feels good to know someone’s judging you, and approving.

A Sense of Trust

A children need to trust their parents and themselves. Martial artists consider integrity as part of their black belt lifestyle. Students help each other in class, and that gives them more opportunities to trust, and to be trusted.

A Sense of Responsibility

Advancing up through the belt ranks means more responsibility:

  • responsible for welcoming new students,
  • responsible for assisting classmates with their technique, and motivating them through physically demanding drills,
  • responsible for setting a tone and culture of humility, respect, and positivity.

A Sense of Contribution

Instructors have students aid in class instruction by demonstrating techniques in front of their peers. Contributing to class progress builds self-esteem.

A Sense of Making Real Choices and Real Decisions

Allowing the child or teen to decide to stay with their martial arts training gives them practice to make other decisions about which direction to take their life.

A Sense of Self-Discipline and Self-Control

The American Academy of Pediatricians say this one is critical.  The good news? Martial arts hits this one on the bullseye.

The doctors argue that children need expectations, guidelines, and opportunities to test themselves. This is the foundation of martial arts classes.

A Sense of Encouragement, Support, and Reward

This comes from instructors and classmates. Lots of encouragement, coaching, and of course rewards ranging from the verbal, “Nice job” to the tangible, a new belt earned.

A Sense of Accepting Mistakes and Failure

Look, some aspects of martial arts can be difficult. And that’s a good thing. It makes the progress all the sweeter. But along the way, students stumble. And this also is good. It’s an opportunity to learn how to face challenge in the eye, and keep applying effort when something doesn’t come easy.

Martial arts instructors pride themselves on corrective coaching until a student finally masters a technique.

A Sense of Family Self-Esteem

Last but not least, youth self-esteem begins within the family. Affection, pride, and the self-esteem of family members all impact a child’s self-esteem development. Imagine the momentum and lift a family would experience if multiple members all enjoyed the above benefits from martial arts.

  “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”
—Henry Ford


Original post by Brian Carmody at ‘A Krav Maga Life’


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“Karate Kids” The benefits of martial arts

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From Parenting magazine:

http://www.parenting.com/article/karate-kids-the-benefits-of-martial-arts

Activities like tae kwon do, kung fu, and aikido are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus.

Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that’s a myth, according to experts. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills.

In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.”

But, say experts, it’s the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit: It often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades, according to recent research. “Six is usually a good age to start classes,” says Mimi Johnson, M.D., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. By that time a child should have enough muscle control to punch and turn properly and safely  — essential to getting a real kick out of the martial art he chooses.

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Ten reasons Martial Arts benefit children

In a culture that seems to glorify violence in everything from music to video games and television shows, the idea of enrolling your child in martial arts training classes doesn’t always seem like a good one. While martial arts-centered action films seem to be filled to the brim with violent behavior and gory injuries, you may be surprised to learn that martial arts’ training is actually very beneficial to kids. Like so many other things that Hollywood doesn’t always get right, martial arts isn’t quite the brutal, vicious pastime that it seems!  In fact, these are 10 of the reasons why you may want to consider martial arts training for your kids.

  1. Fostering Self-Discipline – One of the central tenets of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Today’s kids are so accustomed to receiving instant gratification that lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is.
  2. Boosting Socialization Skills – Kids who don’t always thrive in highly social environments may find it easier to get to know people and make new friends when they’re in a room filled with peers who share a common interest. The kids on the playground may not always have much common ground, but devotees to the martial arts are able to get to know one another through shared pursuits. Partner-driven forms like jiu jitsu can also foster camaraderie, as they force kids to pair off and build their skills together.
  3. Encouraging Physical Activity – Limiting screen time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active, but it only goes so far. Enrolling an inactive child in such a physically demanding pastime not only discourages the sedentary lifestyle she’s used to, but also gives her an enjoyable activity that inspires her to keep moving.
  4. Learning to Set and Achieve Goals – Most forms of martial arts are based around an accomplishment system of colored belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he’s learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals.
  5. Increased Self-Esteem – Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he masters and every belt he earns. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class.
  6. Instilling a Sense of Respect – Learning any martial arts style will require your child to show her instructor unflinching respect. Today’s kid culture doesn’t always include respect for authority, adults or those in advanced positions. When she goes to her karate or tae kwon do class, though, your child will be learning lessons in respect along with new moves.
  7. Encouraging Non-Violent Conflict Resolution – Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. In fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding a physical altercation.
  8. Improving Listening Skills – In order to master the skills she’s being taught and advance through the belt ranks, your child will have to exercise superior listening skills. Kids who aren’t always adept when it comes to paying attention to what they’re told can benefit from the verbal instruction and one-on-one work in her dojo.
  9. Developing Teamwork Skills – Whether he’s breaking boards to get a new belt or sparring in a practice setting to master a new maneuver, there are few things that your child does in his martial arts classes that will be done on his own. Working together to learn new things and accomplish goals is an important life lesson for kids to learn, and instruction in the martial arts can help your child learn that lesson.
  10. Improvement in Other Areas of Life – The benefits of martial arts training don’t end in the dojo. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect his behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on him as he develops into an adult.

If you’re still concerned about encouraging violent tendencies or teaching your child to fight, it may be helpful to visit a school in your area. Speak with the instructors, administrators and other parents to get an idea of how things operate, and hold off on forming a negative opinion of the martial arts until you’ve done a bit of exploratory research.

You may even find that training is the perfect activity for your entire family to do together!