Young people have the opportunity to get into a sport that is sure to get and keep them in shape, and teach them self-defense, too. Kickboxing offers a program that will also enable them to achieve new goals, gain self-confidence and self-discipline at the same time.

About Kickboxing

Kickboxing is a form of martial arts and it involves the hands and feet for most of its action. It involves a lot of ongoing action, and may be the greatest way to get in shape quickly and stay in shape. As long as they keep taking classes, gaining excess weight will never be a problem. All of the body’s muscles get exercised, and it is also a great cardiovascular activity. This is a great alternative to sitting on the couch and watching TV or playing video games all day.

Helps Your Child Mature

Kickboxing provides your child with a way to mature and develop excellent qualities that will benefit him or her throughout the rest of their life. As they learn the techniques in the sport, they quickly gain self-confidence and self-esteem.

The classes will also build self-discipline and self-control. As they practice moves over and over, and learn new ones, they learn to perfect how they move, and to perform sequences of movements. This also improves memory and concentration, which will certainly be beneficial in school.

Get Positive Reinforcement

Students will find that they receive positive encouragement and reinforcement from the instructors to help them keep going. Instructors also help them to learn respect for others and never to misuse what they learn.

Although the workouts can be challenging – and are meant to be – young people will quickly increase in strength, balance, and coordination. It also helps toughen them and builds endurance, and helps them to learn not to quit. They soon discover that they can do many things – once they make up their mind to do it.

Self-defense

Of course, they also learn how to defend themselves. This will give them the ability to think out a situation without unnecessary panic. It will also give them the tools to remain calm in difficult situations. Classes are available for both boys and girls.

Competition

Students may enter into the competitive aspect of the sport if they desire. Classes are available that are purely for exercise and conditioning, and other ones teach students how to compete. This can be an excellent way to prepare for competition when they want to go that route. No one is required to compete unless they want to.

Getting Started

It is always a good idea to check with a doctor before enrolling in this sport. It is high intensity. If the young person is seriously overweight, it will be recommended that they lose weight and build up some endurance before trying a class. Talk to the instructors about what equipment may be needed in advance.

The AmeriKick Martial Arts gym is located in Staten Island. All the kickboxing instructors are trained and certified. Feel free to call us and talk to an instructor about any questions you have, or drop by.

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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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