Psychological Impact and Benefits of Martial Arts for Children


Psychological Impact and Benefits of Martial Arts for Children. Scientific research backs putting kids in martial arts.

Martial Arts is Great for Children – Scientists Agree!
Many parents are reaching out to help their children have a brighter future with martial arts. From developing bullying prevention skills, safety skills for anti-abduction, building confidence and a positive self image to building a solid foundation for healthy minds and bodies, martial arts is giving children an edge.

Taekwondo | Karate | Kung Fu | Martial Arts is More Than Kicks and Punches
Martial Arts has numerous benefits beyond the kick, punch, block and throw. From establishing a class structure that helps children learn to follow directions, develop social skills, focus and complete tasks to rewarding positive behavior, it can have powerful lasting effects.

Taekwondo, Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Aikido, regardless of style, classical Martial Arts schools offer character education. Martial Arts classes also teach anger management, verbal diffusion skills, critical thinking and problem solving in addition to solid self defense. So not only do children get in better shape and have healthy activity for their bodies, but they benefit mentally as well.

Martial Arts Gives Children an Edge in School and Life
This goes a long way for parents looking to give their children an edge in university acceptance, scholarships and being prepared for a rapidly changing future.

The cultural aspects are another often overlooked benefit of martial arts for children as they increase cultural awareness, teach and reinforce foreign languages and provide unique opportunities.

Can Doing Martial Arts Make You Smarter?
Research also shows brain development in both hemispheres from using the body and mind in unique ways. Martial Arts has been linked to increased intelligence, memory, creativity and concentration.

Beyond School
Parents today are recognizing that the public school system is not enough. Millions of parents are bringingmartial arts, as we teach here, into their children’s lives to supplement their education.

Psychology Today on Martial Arts for Children
Carleton University, in a study reported in Psychology Today (January 1985), found that children in martial arts have a lower level of anxiety; an increased sense of responsibility; a decrease in the willingness to take foolish risks; a higher sense of self-esteem; higher level of social intelligence; and were less likely to be radical.

Parents report these five important benefits their children experience in our USA Martial Arts Phoenix school:

1. Martial Arts reward system improves children’s self-esteem
Martial arts are not like team sports because the emphasis is on developing the individual’s self-esteem not the team’s winning record. The belt system is the key. When kids earn their belts it gives them a great sense of accomplishment that really improves the way they feel about themselves. Nobody sits on the bench in martial arts class.

2. Martial Arts program teaches children discipline.
One of the things parents appreciate most about our classes is the improvement in their child’s self-discipline. We have a wonderful staff of patient instructors who love to work with children, but are also very clear about boundaries and safety. We enforce good rules of behavior in class, and we expect the same good behavior at home and in school. This is why so many parents are choosing martial arts to improve reinforce good character.

3. Martial Arts activities channel children’s aggression
Many doctors, counselors and psychologists actually prescribed our school for treatment because of the positive outlet it gives the kids for all their energy. Martial Arts track record for success in this arena is well established.

4. Martial Arts confidence classes enhance children’s self-esteem
We believe confidence is one of the most important things we can give kids. That’s why every class we teach has confidence-building drills included. Children develop a greater self concept because of a feeling of accountability, healthy boundaries, structure and consistent reward. Children also develop their emotional intelligence and discover their individual gifts and abilities.

5. USA Martial Arts program teaches children essential self-defense skills
Our program teaches practical, proven self-defense methods. We also teach the kids that the moves they learn in class will work, so they don’t go home and try them on their sister, or neighbor. They develop a sense of empathy and learn when and when not to use their martial arts skills.

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ONLINE LINKS TO RESOURCES AND RESEARCH STUDIES
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Martial Arts and Children’s Health
http://contemporarypsychotherapy.org/vol-2-no-1/martial-arts-and-mental-health/

Martial Arts Benefits for Children With ADD, ADHD, Short attention spans
http://ftp.pwp.att.net/w/a/wabokujujitsu/articles/psychsoc.htm

Children and Family Development Psychological Benefits of Martial Arts Training
http://blog.childandfamilydevelopment.com/blog/cfd-psych/psychological-benefits-of-martial-arts-training

Martial Arts as Therapy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_arts_therapy

Martial Arts and ADHD Full Study
http://www.milehighkarate.com/pdf/MA%20&%20%20ADHD_Full%20Study.pdf
Martial Arts and ADD

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