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Young children have a lot to benefit from learning Tae Kwon Do. This 5,000 year old form of martial arts is based on a philosophy that teaches peace, rather than violence. Many other benefits are sure to help build character into your children that you will want them to possess.

Benefits for Young Children

One of the best benefits that will be learned is self-discipline. As the students practice their kicks, punches, blocks, and spar, they will quickly learn self-control and self-discipline. They also learn how to focus and pay attention. This will help them in school by enabling them to listen and follow instructions more carefully, and to do what needs to be done. Gaining stamina is also sure to be learned as they face opponents and goals designed to challenge them.

The exercise will help to get your child in shape and keep them that way. They will become more flexible, stronger, and learn the value of eating healthy. It will also speed up their reflexes and coordination. Their energy levels will also increase. The exercises will also help them to learn how to relieve stress. Sleeping better is another benefit.

Gain Self-Confidence

The belt system used in Tae Kwon Do gives children the opportunity to reach new goals. When they do, it gives them self-confidence that they can do many things – encouraging them to try and do more in all aspects of life. This boosts their self-confidence and their self-esteem.

Peace Is Important

One of the primary goals of Tae Kwon Do is the development of inner peace, and then to spread it from within to the community, then to the world. It teaches a child to always seek peaceful solutions first and then only to use the techniques learned as a last resort. They learn to respect others, too.

Parents and Families

Parents may also want to take classes. They can also enjoy many of these same benefits by taking classes with their child. This will even let them watch their child perform the various routines and drills. Children are allowed to go at their own pace. Students in each class are all ages.

Work Together

Young children will learn how to interact with others in the classes. At other times, they will work as a team to accomplish some goal. These lessons are valuable in life. Over time, they will become less shy and quiet, and will develop better communication skills.

Very few sports programs can provide as many usable benefits and training. Getting your child started while still young can give them a head start in life. The lessons learned will give them tools they can often fall back on.

At the Amerikick Marital Arts gym, which is located in Staten Island, young students have fun and challenges in class as they constantly learn new things. Tae Kwon Do provides a solid framework to teach them life skills, as well as giving them a means of self-defense. We invite you to call or come by and let us answer any questions you have about our program. The first class is free.

Our Kids Karate Classes Develop:

Focus

From the very first class, your child will learn the importance of eye contact, posture, and active listening skills that will benefit them not only in Karate but at home, on the playing field, and of course, at school. Both teachers and parents often notice the dramatic difference in children who study the Martial Arts. Your child will be more focused with school and homework.

Self-Control

When confronted, a child’s first option should be to get away; fighting should be the very last resort. It is a myth that the Martial Arts fosters aggressiveness in children. On the contrary, with continuous training, there are natural increases in a child’s confidence, discipline and self-control.

Self-Discipline

The Martial Arts instills discipline in students by requiring full attention in class, refraining from unruly behavior, the importance of arriving on time and being prepared. Students are also taught to follow instructions and not interrupt instructors. Kids are expected to keep uniforms and other items clean and organized.

Self-Confidence

Many parents enroll their children in Martial Arts to boosts their confidence, self-esteem and feeling of self-worth. Kids put forth their best effort, defend themselves, recognize their own potential and believe in their abilities. Because of their own efforts, there is a feeling of pride with each rank advancement.

Respect

Nothing does a better job at teaching the “old school” values of respect and courtesy. Martial Arts training teaches children to answer in a respectful manner to instructors (“Yes Sensei” or “No Sensei”), bow when entering and leaving the dojo, tag hands before sparring, stand straight before class begins and raising hands to answer or ask a question.

Goal Setting

At a very early age, Martial Art students are encouraged to set long term goals. The most obvious goal is reaching the rank of Black Belt. The Martial Arts instills indomitable spirit so children never give up on their dreams. Learning to set goals encompasses the life experiences of a Martial Arts student.

Fitness

“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.” (CDC, 7/2013). “Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.” (Flegalet al., 2012). We hear about it all the time. Did you know that in many cases, the bad lifestyle habits that lead to obesity start in childhood and can get worse over time? Fortunately, the Martial Arts help families avoid falling into these statistics by teaching healthy lifestyles and fitness early on. The Martial Arts improve flexibility, endurance, balance, agility, strength and motor skills.

Self-Confidence

Many parents enroll their children in Martial Arts to boosts their confidence, self-esteem and feeling of self-worth. Kids put forth their best effort, defend themselves, recognize their own potential and believe in their abilities. Because of their own efforts, there is a feeling of pride with each rank advancement.

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