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Taking karate classes can be a fun way to teach a child many skills that they will need for life. It also provides a reinforcement of parental values coming from instructors who know the value of respecting others, self-discipline, and striving for worthwhile goals.

Develop Motor Skills

Giving your toddler the opportunity to advance in their motor skills, coordination, and balance can help them throughout their life, and karate, even for toddlers can give them those important skills. They also learn some self-defense, too, which is sure to increase their self-confidence – and safety.

It will also give them an opportunity to be active and gain a sense of accomplishment as their skills improve. The various regular practices include stretching, kicking, punching, running, and more. This enables them to get away from the TV and into something that will develop them personally.

Teaching Self-Discipline

A very important goal for every student in karate is the matter of self-control and self-discipline. It is taught at all times and throughout all belt levels. This is emphasized all throughout the program, and parents will be glad for it.

Along with self-discipline is the matter of setting goals. Having goals, such as new tests every few months, the child learns that rewards can be earned when working hard to gain worthwhile goals. Belts are given for each new level of achievement reached.

Gains Respect for Other People

An important lesson that is constantly emphasized is respecting other people. Character development is also taught, which not only helps them to respect others, but they also learn that good character earns the respect of others.

Learn to Concentrate

Concentration is something that is valuable to children, because it will help them as students, and in every other job or career field. Teaching them how to focus on something will also help them as a student, and anything else they try to do later on. They also learn how to listen well to instruction.

Have Some Fun

Karate instructors know the value of adding fun when teaching young children. Fun is brought into the practices, which helps the children to want to keep going. Enough variation in the activities also help to keep them interested.

Instructors use motivational and positive comments to keep the children seeking to move forward and upward through the ranks. This encourages them even more to push themselves to reach their goals and do their best.

Safety Is the Goal

Safety is always emphasized in the classes. Students are also taught to not use their martial arts skills outside of the classroom. The need for self-control is heavily repeated as well, and peaceful solutions are preferable to violent ones. The moves should only be used in an emergency when necessary.

Amerikick Martial Arts offers Toddler Karate classes. Our instructors love children and enjoy seeing them learn and grow. They aim to make the classes fun and provide much encouragement to keep them growing. We also offer classes for all ages, as well as other programs to help people get in shape and stay that way.

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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