These days, there is no telling what your teen or child may encounter. He or she could be attacked by an adult, or by another teen. The outcome of that kind of event will largely depend on how well your child is prepared to deal with it. Learning self-defense is an excellent way to help them be prepared, and there are also a lot of other benefits to be gained from the training, too.

Avoidance When Possible

When taking self-defense classes, a young person is taught to try and avoid trouble first. They are not to go looking for it. In teaching them this lesson, they also receive instruction on clues that might indicate possible trouble. They also learn to try and use their heads rather than their fists when possible.

Techniques for defending yourself are also very good for young girls. They need to learn that they can be strong enough to not have to put up with violence or abuse. They will be able to say “no” and mean it, if necessary.

The Lessons Taught

As the classes continue, students learn many valuable lessons from the instructors. Among them are respect for others, and that they can accomplish much more than they think. This stems from a building up of self-confidence and a correct self-esteem. Instructors also use positive reinforcement to encourage students throughout each class.

The Benefits

While taking the classes, students benefit in many ways other than just learning how to defend themselves. They will also benefit from learning self-discipline as they do repeated exercises over and over, as well as practicing the punches, kicks, and other movements. Developing stamina is another benefit, and it will help toughen them up for life.

Their ability to focus and concentrate will also be increased. At the same time, it will enable them to listen better – at home and at school. This quality will help them to be able to concentrate more on their studies.

Students are also taught to respect others. This includes their instructors, teachers in school, parents, and others. Naturally, this will help them to get along better with other people of all ages.

Get Physically Fit

The exercises and activities used as they learn to defend themselves will also help them to get physically fit. Once they learn this lesson, it will be easier for them to choose to stay fit later on in life. They will also be taught the value of eating healthy so that they can stay fit. Getting in shape also helps improve their overall health.

The exercises and drills are given in such a way that each young person is allowed to go at their own pace. Of course, they are also encouraged to do their best and get better.

The Amerikick Martial Arts gym offers self-defense classes for youth. All our instructors are well-trained and certified, and want to help youth succeed in life. We are located in Staten Island. Call us today about any questions you have about our classes, or drop by and meet our instructors.

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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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