After you have learned some of the basics in a martial arts class, you will want to try them out in a ring. Sparring lets you find out how well you learned certain techniques, or it lets you see how much more practice you need. In order to become good at any martial art, going into the ring is the only way to get really good.

The Right Time

Sparring with someone else in the ring should only be done at a certain time. You need to have practiced some moves and blocks until they are developed enough to safely use. Otherwise, someone is apt to get hurt. When just starting out, it is likely that you will only be using about half force – for safety.

Most instructors will also have students work with another student to practice blocks and punches or kicks (depending on which sport it is) as they pair off. This helps develop their speed and accuracy and should help to get them ready for the ring.

The Right Gear

Having the right gear for protection is essential as students train. They should never go into a ring without it unless they are fully trained and engaged in actual competition. Proper gear includes head protection, gloves, body protection, and a mouth guard.

Why It Is Important

Going up against another student in the martial arts classes is very important. Until that happens, a student will never actually know what it is like to face an opponent, or how good their skills are.

It will help the student to face an opponent and learn not to panic or fear, and it will enable them to stand up to an opponent. It will also help them to be able to think clearly when attacked, and determine which moves to use that would be most effective in a given situation.

As students learn to face an opponent and not quit because of a hit or two, it builds stamina, determination, and a greater self-confidence. It also enables students to develop a stronger sense of distance, reach, and coordination to strike a moving target that is fighting back.

Further Development

As a student continues to spar, each time in the ring can provide an opportunity for further instruction. The student can evaluate their own weaknesses and problems, and the instructor will be sure to provide tips and helpful suggestions, or point out where more practice is needed. It also enables a student to determine if they are progressing with their moves or not.

Sparring is supervised by the instructor to ensure that things do not get out of hand, and to ensure that opponents are relatively evenly matched. This ensures a safer environment in the ring and a fair practice fight.

The Amerikick Martial Arts gym offers classes for sparring to those who meet the qualifications. Our instructors are trained and certified and ensure the safety of all involved as much as possible. We invite you to come by and watch a sparring class to see if it is for you.

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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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