Can My Child Practice Karate With Glasses?


Tips and Alternatives to Try

At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we have had many students wear glasses while participating in our classes and have seen the struggles that glasses can sometimes present to children. Your child can practice karate but may need additional accessories. There are a lot of small, cheap temporary solutions that can make wearing glasses easier. 


Challenges of Training With Glasses

Glasses can present a challenge for children during physical activities, and karate is no exception. Karate is a physically demanding activity that involves a lot of movement and possible contact from others. Here are some of the challenges that your child may face:

  • Glasses Can Slip

Your child will notice that their glasses start to slip once they start breaking a sweat or moving around a lot. They may get tired of having to continually push their glasses back into place. 

  • Glasses Can Fog Up

When your child’s body heat rises, their glasses will start fogging. As a result, students with glasses may have to pause their session to remove and clean them.

  • Glasses Can Get Dirty

Your child will find that their glasses are also getting dirty from sweat.

  • Glasses Can Fly Off

During karate class, their glasses can fly off somewhat easily. In the beginning, it’s not too much of a concern, but when they start moving and striking with more power, it could happen frequently.

  • Glasses Can Get Damaged

This last one is definitely the worst case scenario! The physicality of martial arts may cause your child to break their glasses. They could fall off and accidentally get stepped on or break from the fall…this can be an expensive problem!


Tips and Alternatives

  • Sports Straps for Glasses

A sports strap attaches to the eyeglasses’ frame to ensure they remain safely secured.

  • Adhesive Nose Strip

An adhesive nose pad is a cheap way of preventing your glasses from sliding down from your nose. These pads are made from self-sticking, hypo-allergenic latex and are easy to remove and replace.

  • Silicone Ear Hooks

Silicone ear hooks are grippy, hook-like silicone add-ons that you install on the “branches” of your glasses. Their hook-like shape will ensure that they fit comfortably behind your ears, and their anti-slip texture will keep your glasses in place.

  • Anti-Fog Spray

Anti-Fog spray prevents fog build-up due to heat, cold, or high humidity. There are a lot of different brands out there, and you will want to find which one works best for you.


Permanent Solutions

  • Sports Prescription Glasses

Prescription sports glasses are highly impact-resistant, durable, and ideal for sports like Karate. They’re made from polycarbonate, which is scratch-resistant and impact-resistant. In addition, the frames are coated with rubber padding at every point that touches your face.

  • Contact Lenses

Contact lenses provide the ultimate freedom without hassle. However, putting them in may be difficult for children and even some teenagers!


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