Kids, Martial Arts, And The Valuable Lessons They Learn – Part 1

June 22nd, 2010

Children can gain unique value from learning the martial arts.

Parents often enroll their kids into classes in order to teach them how to defend themselves. While self-defense is certainly one advantage to pursuing any given fighting style, it is the least among several benefits. Kids are at a stage in which they absorb everything around them. They’re deeply impressionable. They adopt others’ influences into their own perspective of the world and those with whom they interact. Kids martial arts classes play an important role in that development.

In this article, we’ll describe the powerful lessons that young people learn as they pursue the martial arts. If you’re a parent and are considering enrolling your son or daughter, you may be surprised by the valuable lifelong lessons to which you’re giving them access.

Discipline And Focus

Teachers across the country complain that the attention spans of their students have plummeted over the last several years. Whether this is due to the fast-paced environment in which these kids live or other reasons, they lack the focus of the previous generation. Instruction in karate, judo, aikido, and similar systems can help young people regain the discipline they need. The repetition of moves encourages a deep focus as children struggle to master those moves with precision.

The discipline and focus they gain from the instruction has value far beyond the classroom. Eventually, they’ll use these traits when performing their jobs and interacting with their families.

Physical Fitness And Coordination

Obesity continues to spread and people are living more sedentary lives than ever. Making matters worse, many public and private schools have eliminated physical education due to budget cuts. Parents are observing their children, dismayed that they would prefer to sit inside and watch television rather than go outside. This trend has led to a weight problem among young people. The lack of exercise has taken a toll on their physical fitness.

When parents enroll a child into martial arts classes, that child is able to take advantage of a rich source of physical activity. It improves their cardiovascular health as well as their coordination. What’s more, dojos offer year-round instruction. While Little League and other team sports are seasonal, martial arts classes provide a source of physical fitness throughout the entire year.

If you would like your child to train at a safe and exciting martial arts school that is family oriented, than contact The Dojo of Karate & Fitness at 303.920.4500 or email at [email protected]

They are located in the Safeway Shopping Center on 128th Ave and Zuni St. in Westminster / Broomfield.

Lil’ Ninjas Program

January 11th, 2010

We have several people call The Dojo of Karate about Martial Arts lessons for their 5 year old child, asking if we teach that young.  And, if Martial Arts will help them focus, listen, and develop their coordination.

The answer… YES!

The Dojo of Karate accepts children as young as 4.5 years old.  We have a program called, Lil’ Ninjas for children between 4 and 6 years old.

Our Lil’ Ninjas classes are geared to help your child begin to focus and concentrate.  At this tender age, kids usually have a difficult time working on these skills because their attention span has not developed fully.  We develop those skills by having through visual teaching, as well as using their eyes, ears and mind to focus.

A child’s coordination and fine motor skills, usually, aren’t developed at this age, either.  Our classes will help develop their core muscles, balance, and coordination by doing various drills and games that utilizes their hand/eye and feet/eye coordination.

If you would like to see if your child qualifies for our Lil’ Ninjas program, as space is limited, please contact The Dojo of Karate to setup an appointment.

Currently we are offering an Introductory Karate Program for $24.95, which includes 1  private lesson, 2 group classes, and a free uniform.

Oh, and check out one of our Lil’ Ninjas class!