￼Martial arts serve as a wonderful tool for young people to build the skills they need to defend themselves and achieve better health & fitness. Martial arts teaches life skills that can help your child thrive academically, feel confident in a social environment & achieve all sort of goals in their adult life. Here's why the positive sides of martial arts for children go far beyond teaching punching & kicking: Increased focus & concentration Martial arts classes improve concentration skills. This increase in concentration goes hand in hand with better listening skills, which can help your child make smarter decisions both in the classroom & outside of school. We use various drills in class to increase focus & concentration. Focusing on the pad & immediately employing the proper technique requires concentration. Listening to the very specific instructions from the Instructors during the classes requires children to listen, to process & then to perform. Learning new skills (techniques, hyungs, principles, etc) requires intense concentration & use of memory skills. Self confidence & respect Behaviour in children develops at a young age & it is important to ensure their self-image is strong from the start. That is where martial arts can help more than other activities. The ability to defend themselves mixed with the unflinching respect that has to be shown to the Instructor & other students will improve your child's self-image. The ability to rebound Life inevitably has its ups & downs, but it is often the people who know how to get back up & keep fighting that succeed. Martial arts emphasises this belief both mentally & physically. Goal setting, as we have discussed previously, is an important part of martial arts & inevitably sometimes we fail - we can view this failure either as defeat or we can learn from the experience & grow. The latter is the healthier choice & the approach we want to instil in our young people. Making friends & improved social skills Many children can find it hard to make friends at school & martial arts classes can help them gain the confidence they need to form healthy relationships with their peers. As classes are often broken down by size/age, 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 & form partnerships, as classes require pairing up to complete different drills. The martial arts are amazing for building the bodies & minds of young people (& adults for that matter). Once they get into the classes, they will see greater success in all aspects of their lives. Family Martial Arts Centres are here to help your child find greatness through martial arts. Give our team a call today to find the best location and classes for your children.