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From Grandmaster Greg Silva -- When I was a young teen, I trained in martial arts.  As a older teen, I lived, dreamed, and thought about Karate all the time.  

All the cool kids in high school were martial artists. I didn’t originally choose martial arts but my parents did.  They worked crazy hours and it was tough on them to get me to organized sports practices and games.   They wanted me to be active so they enrolled me in Karate.  When I wasn’t training at the dojo I was teaching my friends in my basement.  My parents encouraged me and supported my classes and training.

As a result of being an martial arts athlete, I learned coordination, leadership, team spirit, physical strength, and interpersonal skills. I learned how to cope with loss, frustration, and sheer exhaustion. I was taught to respect my sensei (teacher), support my friends at the dojo, and challenge myself.

In fact, sports, martial arts in particular taught me lessons and skills I would not have easily learned elsewhere. Besides, being an athlete was fun.

That’s why I was saddened to read that, according to the National Alliance for Sports, 20 million kid register each year for youth hockey, football, baseball, soccer, and other competitive sports, but about 70 percent of these kids quit playing these league sports by age 13 — and never play them again. The number one reason they quit, says Michael Pfahl, executive director of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association, “is that it stopped being fun.”  That is not the fault of sports.  Parents and the right coach can keep the fun factor. Research finds that when children participate in sports, it helps them learn coordination, leadership skills, how to work in a group, cope with frustration, acquire physical strength, and develop communication skills. 

With information like this I began to wonder, how can we as parents help our children have fun being athletic?   How we can support and guide them to be healthy, fit and confident leaders.

I firmly believe martial arts is great for all kids and every child should train for at least a year.

    If you are a parent and would like a free package on raising athletic kids please message me and I well send you a great article I just saw including an interview with Tom Brady Sr.

 


Comments

10/31/2016 10:32am

Martial arts are no doubt best for kids to make them good athletes. But if we talk about the interest of our kids then it can be in different types of sports . So We should go with the interest and abilities of the kids to make them good athletes.

For me as a parent, I would like to enroll my child in any sports. Like martial arts, they will teach us self defense, confidence, and most of all discipline. It is a good way for a child to learn at an early age while they are growing. It depends also on our child what type of sports they want and what they are capable of. If I was given a chance during my younger days, I would like to pick basketball sports.

07/23/2017 1:07am

I believe that it is not easy to raise athletic kids. In order to raise athletic kids, one has to feed them with encouragement and motivation. Furthermore, they should understand the importance of being athletic. I enjoyed reading your article because it is inspiring. I hope that you will also share photographs in order to catch more attention.

04/14/2017 6:01am

I have a friend who would skip her gym class because she finds it boring and tiresome until she discovered volleyball. She became interested in it and eventually played for the school, she then develop leadership skills because of it and I am proud of her. She encouraged me to try joining a club so I decided to join one that involve something that I hate so I joined the school's dance club. At first I hated it, but then I began to look forward every meeting because it's fun and I have my friends and family who supports me. Once you love the activity you do either sports or dancing it will never not be fun anymore because it stays with you.

11/03/2016 8:10am

Starting children in an active lifestyle from infancy may not only improve their health, but may also enhance their coordination and confidence, and encourage a lifetime of fitness, experts claim.

Like a one hundred years before martial arts was a mandatory discipline of every self-respecting family. And I must admit it was a good tradition.


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