Martial arts are a great way to get children and adults involved in a sport that involves strength, co-ordination and mental discipline. Some children do not like organised sports for many reasons, maybe they were once on a team and they did not have fun, or they simply lack the confidence.
We are all aware of how important exercise is for the development of children so here are the main reasons why Karate with KFA should be considered as the sport of choice for you.
Physical Fitness: Childhood obesity rates are on the increase, with more children spending a lot more time sitting in front of televisions or computers. However, even among more active children, martial arts is still an attractive sport since it is seen as a good source of exercise that also teaches skills. Martial arts can help improve cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, balance, strength and overall improve fitness levels.
Life Skills: Another popular reason for choosing martial arts is to develop "life skills" such as discipline, self control, patience, confidence, courage etc.
Self Defence: Self defence is the most obvious reason why martial arts should be considered. Attending a good martial arts class would benefit the bully by teaching him or her to respect others as well as their own power, and benefit the bullied, by teaching them how to calm a situation or defend themselves if need be.
Behaviour Issues: Many parents turn to martial arts when they are looking for help in improving attention span, respect, demeanour and self control for their child. The structure of many martial arts classes can greatly aid in these areas, however results will really vary and will depend on the relationship that is built between the child and the instructor.
Safe, after school activity: Parents seek a safe, wholesome, useful activity for their child to occupy some of their free time. These parents do not want their child to sit at home all evening, they want them to get involved in something that makes them set and follow through on goals.
"I would welcome the opportunity to meet to discuss any questions you may have."Sensei Paul Acton