Learning karate is an excellent way for your teen or young person to get in shape and be prepared for life. The many benefits the classes would give to him or her will set them ahead of the rest in many ways. Children’s programs help them become more confident, stronger, and healthy.

Learn Karate

Of course, the first thing they will learn is karate. This martial art is centuries old and it offers an excellent way for young people to defend themselves. Our times today seems to require this ability more and more and they want to be ready if they should ever need to defend themselves.

An emphasis is given in class that karate is not something to use outside of class. It is only to be used in the class or in a situation where self-defense is absolutely necessary.

Health Benefits

Letting your teen take karate can help them to have better health. The path to good health starts with getting in shape and losing extra pounds. They also benefit from the many exercises required of them in class, and they become more flexible, coordinated, and stronger. By staying in shape, it will help them with asthma, and it will help prevent more serious problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Better in School

Taking martial arts classes will also help your child with their studies. They will quickly learn to listen to the instructor (and will want to) and this will help them to listen better in school and be more focused. The self-discipline they learn will help them study better and do those things they need to do without being told.

Other Benefits

Learning respect for others is another benefit gained from the instruction. They will also learn the value of honor and will gain self-confidence as they strive to master the various moves and techniques given in class.

The Classes

Classes will usually be about an hour in length for all ages. Students will wear a karate uniform (a “gi”) while in class. They will be instructed in the various techniques and forms (kata) and will perform some sparring to develop their speed and technique.

The Challenges

Belts are given as a level of achievement. Students complete the goals and requirements for each belt and get promoted. This helps them to strive harder and successfully reach those goals – giving them a sense of accomplishment and increased self-worth.

The Instructors

Each of the instructors is well-trained and certified. They care about the students in their program and help to ensure a safe environment while practicing. Students are given positive reinforcement throughout the classes, which helps them progress with confidence and at a faster rate.

The Amerikick Martial Arts gym teaches karate to youth in a safe, family-oriented way. We are located in Staten Island, New York, and believe that your young person will benefit from taking karate far more than sitting at home playing video games. We invite you and your young person to attend one of our classes for free; or call us and let us answer any questions you have.

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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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