Why Should My Child Study Martial Arts?
||Karate is a long term continuous
learning and growing experience, unlike seasonal activities.
||Karate adds mental and personal development
to physical activities.
||Karate allows for individual as well as group
||In karate the competition level is lower and
no one feels like a loser.
||Unlike many team activities there are no unfair
practices, thus eliminating the frustration for both child
||Karate allows the child to develop, grow, and
improve at their own pace.
||Karate is encouraging and motivational, thus
carrying over into all other aspects of the child's life.
||Because of the ranking system in karate, children
are constantly encouraged and moving through a series of winning
experiences, thus developing self-esteem and a positive self-image.
||Self-discipline is stressed in karate which
is a missing element in today's youth.
||Karate teaches self-respect and respect for
Is Martial Arts Training Dangerous?
While it is true that any physical sport or discipline
there always exists the possibility of an injury, a well run karate
school will have very few. This especially true with the use of
modern safety equipment. However, safety goes well beyond special
equipment and here is where school policy and the instructors
training and knowledge are vital.
The instructors knowledge of safety, physical training
procedure, and educational psychology are important to insure
your child's safety in the karate school environment. Even tournament
competition is safe if conducted properly. Over the years, we've
seen many more of our students injured during activities such
as baseball, football, track, and gymnastics than at the karate
How to Choose a Martial Arts School
If you think martial arts classes might benefit
your child, how do you go about finding the very best school?
First, take your time. Don't go to the first or the cheapest school.
Investigate each completely before enrolling your child. A lot
of this can be done over the phone. Finding out simple things
like class size, age groups, skill levels, etc. can eliminate
some schools quickly. Make an appointment to visit potential schools
and meet the instructors. Make sure it is convenient for you,
as you will be traveling there quite a lot.
Observe classes and watch the students. Even a black belt who
is personally skillful might not be able to transfer that knowledge