Info about Martial Arts
If you are worried that your child watches too much television and doesn’t know how to behave martial art training may be just the right thing for your child. These disciplines are not what you can see on television, all violence and no meaning. Most of these martial arts originated in Asia, and there are many types and styles. All of these disciplines, whether they come from China, Japan, Vietnam or any other Asian country have some things in common: the base is always moral teaching and the practice always includes physical, emotional and mental training.
Japanese martial arts are karate, jujitsu, aikido and judo. Chinese invented kung-fu, and Koreans taekwondo. For your child you (or him or her) may choose the discipline that suits him/her the best.
Karate encompasses both aggressive and defensive moves, such as punches, kicks, strikes, blocking, chops or sparring, and in some cases also use of weapons. Jujitsu is similar, but involves much more sparring and weapons. Judo is considered to be one of the safest martial arts, and people who train this discipline compete with each other using wrestle-like movements. There is emphasis on both mental and physical development of the practitioners in this martial art. Aikido is all about disabling the aggression without attack, and using your inner energy. There is no sparring or competitions in aikido.
Kung-fu includes various styles of different Chinese martial arts. There are defensive and aggressive movements and sparring competitions.
In taekwondo there are many high kick and footwork, and attack, force and strength are highly appreciated. This discipline is mainly consisted of sparring and competitions.
Why Martial Arts?
There are many benefits for your child that he or she might get from martial art practice. First of all, these disciplines tend to develop confidence and self-esteem, but at the same time also self-discipline and concentration. When learning some martial art, your child will also have the opportunity to learn how to respect people and show some courtesy when needed. For some kids, group sports are not the best activity, since they are not good in groups and they can’t show their abilities well. Martial arts provide the chance to combine mental and physical training and show those kids what they can achieve.
Special need children, such as learning problems, hyperactivity or attention deficit disorder (ADD) may find these trainings very beneficial as well, because this structured training can resolve or at least ease some of their problems.
What you should also know when deciding whether to sign in or not your kid to some martial art school is that martial arts are safer than many of usual school sports.