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.
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.