The benefits of martial arts for children are well documented, with a lot of proven scientific, physiological, and psychological research. Training in martial arts can help children learn about the value of hard work, self-discipline, personal integrity and social skills, while building an outstanding foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle.
So how do training in classes at the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts end up benefiting children, once they're adults? How can growing up studying the discipline of martial arts help you grow and succeed, in the long-term? Read on and discover how the top five aspects of life with martial arts training can help children become a well-mannered, mature, contributing members of the community.
Participating in martial arts classes require a lot of cooperation. The skills and drills are regularly done in pairs, as is self-defense training, and you need to give effective, constructive feedback, and be able to take advice. This is extremely important, in order to improve your martial arts ability and skillset. Learning to work well with others at a young age will help students succeed in school, family life, and in the workplace. The balance of being self-motivated to improve yourself, while not being fearful to give and take support from your peers, will help in many of life’s social situations.
The focus on personal integrity in martial arts will shape a child into becoming model citizens, once they reach adulthood. A real professional martial arts system will instill many life skills teachings about wisdom and ethics, setting students up to become great role models and mentors for the next generation.
Learning self-control, delayed gratification and self-discipline through martial arts training is probably the three biggest indicators for long-term success in life. A martial arts student requires all three of these on their journey towards a black belt, as it takes a lot of hard work and persistence to achieve each belt level. Our innovative and progressive belt level system at the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts gives children an understanding of what hard work can accomplish. Each belt level has a certain set of criteria to master, if one wants to reach the next belt. It requires not only consistent commitment but also long-term dedication, since it can take anywhere from 5 to 10 years, depending upon a person’s age, to achieve black belt.
Our progressive system and long-term thinking gives students a strong sense of accomplishment, boosting confidence and self-esteem, while they earn their stripes and belts. Martial arts can also help children learn better in school, allowing them to develop stronger academic skills than if they had not trained in the martial arts.
The health benefits of physical activity for children are many and martial arts training is a great outlet to develop them. Physical activity helps strengthen bones, improve energy levels, increase flexibility, enhance emotional well-being, control weight, and assist in strengthening the heart. While many sports can improve hand-eye coordination, physical conditioning, and teamwork skills, martial arts train those skills, as well as an abundance of life lessons, self defense skills and philosophies.
Under the guidance and proper teachings of a real professional martial arts system, each student should understand the significance of physical force. Learning to be a true martial artist means understanding that violence is a last resort and any physical confrontation that could have been avoided may result in discipline from your martial arts school. With that being said, for most martial artists, having the knowledge and skills developed by years of martial arts training is very empowering.
Additionally, students feel safer in the streets and be able to defend themselves, when necessary. This boost in self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth results in higher resistance to peer pressure and lower rates of bullying, while allowing children to grow with a healthy mindset in their abilities and potential. All of these character traits follow us well into adulthood, setting us up for a long life of personal empowerment.
Stress Control and Management
Knowing effective breathing techniques can help you diffuse stressful situations. Our martial arts system has many years of experience with meditation and mindfulness; the benefits mindfulness can bring to one’s training, workplace, and life in general are extremely significant. Adding to the health benefits of regular physical activity, one’s mental health also plays an important role in stress management. The Martial arts taught at the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts is unbelievably good for mental health, for many reasons, and mental strength can help you get through difficult times that come up throughout adult life.
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One of the best types of full-body movement exercises that offer benefits for children that make them better as adults is the Martial Arts training like offered at the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts. Karate, Kardio Kicks (Fitness Kickboxing) and Tai Chi all complement each other in a well-rounded blend of Martial Arts training.
At the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts, we teach a way of life. For over 30 years our professional Martial Arts system is a well thought out curriculum that teaches more than just the art of self-defense. We delve deep into our students’ technique, skill set, confidence, concentration, intelligence, intuition and overall physical fitness.
The Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts has been voted the best club in Mississauga and Port Credit area since 1995 (that’s 21 years!) by the readers of the Mississauga News. In addition, the Academy was voted as the “Top Choice” for Martial Arts clubs in Mississauga for the last two years (2016, 2017). Most recently, the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts was voted as a 2017 Mississauga South Business Star for Community Impact Excellence.
Contact us today if you’re interested in martial arts and self-defense classes and schedule a free-trial class for your child AND their best friend!