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.

Earning A Black Belt In Martial Arts

November 11th, 2009

One of the most common questions I get from students and prospects that come to my school is: “how long does it take to earn a Black Belt?”

My response, “about 3 years… that is if you come to class consistently for 3 years”.

Some think that is a long time, others think it’s not long enough.

Here’s my reasoning behind a 3 year minimum to earn a Black Belt.

How long does it take to earn a college bachelors degree from an accredited university or state college?  About 4 years rights.  Now keep in mind students have summer vacation, spring break, and Christmas break.  You can get a degree in 3 years by going year-round.

If you want to continue your education to achieve a Masters degree, than it can be an additional 2-4 years (depending on the major).  And, if you are overly ambitious, than getting a Ph.D will take an additional 2-4 years.

Now, in Karate, why should it be any different…?  I’ve heard of schools that make their students train 5-7 years to earn a Black Belt.  As a Martial Artist, I understand there are certain techniques one needs to learn, but I feel the one thing many instructors are missing is this…

Your Training Begins At Black Belt.

As a Martial Arts Instructor, your goal is to teach them the fundamentals of your style, whether it be Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, etc.  By teaching them this foundation, you are able to mold, shape, and create the type of student you envision for your school.

I expect my Black Belts to look better than all of my students in our school and to demonstrate progress in their training.  More importantly, I look at their inner strength, such as attitude and will power.

A Black Belt should demonstrate the Will Power to continue and never give up, and have an “I Can” attitude.  Obviously, there is more that just those two characteristics though.

By detaining your students longer than 3-4 years to achieve a Black Belt, you are simply creating a barrier to success.  The same goes with college.  If you require a basic bachelors degree to take 5-6 years, more students are likely to quite and drop out of college than continue their education.

But, if you make the goals attainable, however demand higher performance, than you will begin to get better students who believe in themselves.

A student with confidence in their skills is more likely to be successful than a student who has no confidence.  As instructors we are not just teaching, but building confidence.

So, the fact that The Dojo of Karate requires a minimum of 3 years training to obtain a 1st Degree Black Belt is a good thing.  It’s an attainable goal.  But, it’s not easy.