As a parent, you want to raise your kids to be the best versions of themselves. You want your child
Building character in your children is a critical part of their development.
There are many ways to build character in kids and one excellent way is to have your child involved in martial arts. Martial arts is not just a physical activity that will help your child develop physically, it is also an activity that focuses on instilling values and teaching lessons that will help your child develop character.
One of the first lessons your child will learn in a martial arts class is how to address their teacher, or as we say, “Sensei.” In martial arts, the expectation is to treat everyone with respect, this means the teacher as well as fellow students.
In order to practice Martial Arts, every student must learn how to focus. It is important to be able to listen to the instructor and follow directions. Listening and paying attention are not only important for learning a new skill, they are also important in learning how to be safe while performing it. Through practicing martial arts, your child will learn how to focus and listen.
Building confidence in children does not come from praise alone. We can tell our children that they are wonderful and great, but there has to be something that comes from within. They need to see for themselves. One of the best ways for a child to develop confidence is goal-setting. Having a child strive towards a particular goal and meeting that goal will fill them with self-confidence.
A key part of martial arts is goal-setting and working to meet that goal. As your child progresses through their classes, they will be working towards achieving different belts. Each time they reach their goal, we have a ceremony where your child will be given their next belt and is met with applause from their fellow classmates. There is nothing better than seeing a child reach their goal and beam with confidence — a rewarding smile on their face.
Goal-setting also leads to discipline. In order to accomplish their goals and advance to the next level, your child will develop discipline. Attending martial arts classes weekly and striving to improve their skills gives your child regular opportunities to learn about and practice discipline. Discipline is one of Martial Arts’ core values; it will serve your child well in all their endeavors.
When it comes to working towards a goal, there may be setbacks. Sometimes things do not always come so easily. Children might see that as they progress in martial arts, they may struggle at times with a particular skill. They will learn that this is normal and that it happens to everyone!
One of the best things that results from overcoming a setback or struggle is the belief that the child can persevere. Once that connection is made, children will work hard, knowing that they will be able to persevere and ultimately meet their goals. This helps them develop the attitude of never giving up, and that quitting is not an option!
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At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we’re all about FAMILY and FUN. Our Martial Arts training offers men, women, and children the opportunity to challenge their bodies and minds without the threat of injury and intimidation. Take on the best training in disciplines like Kenpo Karate, Kali, and Aikido and build your skills one day at a time with help of our dedicated instructors. We are proud to serve families across Wake Forest, Wakefield, and the surrounding area with a rewarding experience that can set you or your child up for success in all aspects of life. If you’re interested in learning about our martial arts program, contact us at 919.562.4663, or visit our website at https://www.triangledojo.com.