Here is a reminder of nine important, even obvious, reasons for children to begin a karate practice at an early age. No need to despair if your childhood days are a glimmer in the rearview mirror. Start with beginner’s mind – at any age – and these benefits will infuse your life for a long time to come.
- PROMOTES A PHYSICAL LIFESTYLE.
When coordination, strength and precision of movement are a consistent practice at an early age it becomes hard-wired in the brain as a preference and motivation for life.
- TEACHES SELF-DISCIPLINE.
Learning to set goals and to have personal discipline to achieve them is part of karate practice. It is a skill that translates to all endeavors in a child’s life.
- HELPS KIDS DEFEND THEMSELVES.
Learning safety rules, protective measures and defensive techniques helps children recognize and avoid dangerous situations.
- INCREASES SELF-ESTEEM.
Slowly learning a new skill from the start builds confidence and inner strength, patience and persistence. Earning a belt after practice and dedication is a milestone to be proud of.
- INSTILLS A SENSE OF SELF-RESPECT.
Learning to understand the natural intelligence of the body fosters a deep sense of dignity for oneself and respect for others.
- ENCOURAGES NON-VIOLENT CONFLICT RESOLUTION.
Children learn to concentrate, practice self-control and acquire mutual respect for others. This gives children both courage and skill to face challenging situations.
- BOOSTS SOCIALIZATION SKILLS.
Children learn to interact with each other, which is especially helpful for shy students. They gain confidence and improve social skills.
- IS FUN FOR KIDS.
Children have fun when they are practicing agility, speed, flexibility and coordination skills with “games” and drills. An experienced teacher who positively encourages and challenges children at their individual levels is key.
- IS A WAY FOR CHILDREN TO SHARE THE SAME INTEREST WITH THEIR PARENTS.
An adult with beginner’s mind is liberated to learn with the same freedom and joy as a child. A mutual pursuit creates a special bond between a parent and a child.
MoovKids offers karate classes throughout the year teaching the Kimura Shukokai Karate Style.
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By: Darlene Koskinen and Mary Woolley