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  I've been involved in teaching children and training instructors to teach children for 40 years.   I seen martial arts have a huge difference  on thousand of kids.  Literally life impacting differences.


1.  Coordination and motor skills.  Kids with good balance and coordination excel in games and sports at a young age.  This creates confidence as they are not targets of kids poking fun.  


2.  Fitness.   Everyone needs fitness but not many kids get enough.   Training in martial arts builds muscle and burns fat.   Kids look better, have more energy and do better at studies.


3.  Social Skills.    Martial arts classes have constant interaction between kids of all ages.  Learning to support others kids, sharing ideas and having fun,  expands their circles of friends and makes them more popular with their peers.


4.  Over coming disappointments.   Kids love to win and do great.   They also need to realize that not everything comes easy.   They need to work and they need to get over disappointments and set backs in order to accomplish things.   Martial arts has built in stumbling blocks that helps with this.


5.  Self Defense.   We all want our kids to have fun and not be afraid of others.  We also want are kids to be safe.   Basic self defense skills are important and kids need to gain competence in these skills.   We can't expect kids to stand up to unhealthy peer pressure if they are afraid of confrontations.


6. Self Confidence,  Martial arts is amazing because kids learn to act confident with a strong posture, talk confident, make eye contact, walk strong and make good decisions. 


7. Focus.   From day one in martial arts kids learn to block out distractions.  They learn to focus their bodies, focus their eyes and focus their minds.  Super important in school and home.


8. Respect.   Protocol of martial arts lessons is respect for yourself, respect to other kids, respect for adults and respect for authority,


9. Courtesy.   Number one is treating everyone with respect.  Following the Golden Rule starts and ends with every martial arts lessons.


This holiday season think how important these 9 qualities are.  Martial Arts is really a gift that's not only fun but really does teach kids a lot.


Greg Silva

Author of "The Silva Solution - Build Black Belts from the inside out"



12/05/2016 5:49am

Martial arts are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. It could definitely teach kids self-discipline and social skills. They can get a chance to have fun and to socialize with other kids at the same time. Taking classes on martial arts will also help children gain self-confidence and self-respect. This will make a huge difference in their adult lives. Anyway, thanks for sharing your experiences. Keep blogging!

01/04/2017 7:01am

Discipline is the first major kids martial arts should taught every student. It is very important to have self-organized skills.

05/26/2017 6:08am

Basic rules about Martial arts are the first thing you wanted to teach to your kids. This blog could be a life changing for the kids who wanted to learn about martial arts. The kids would use this as a disciplinary guide on their journey. They would gain self confidence and wouldn't be afraid to try these sports. It is true that this would have a huge difference on thousands of kids that wanted to try Martial Arts.

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