by: Christopher Wilson PKJN
As a martial arts instructor, I am often asked, how martial arts training can benefit children ages 3-8 years old. Parents are looking for a physical activity that not only keeps their children active but also teaches important life skills such as self-discipline, focus, and time management.I have taught children starting at two and half years old through their High School graduation. I will highlight the various ways martial arts training can be helpful to children in this young age group.
Value of Martial Arts Training
Martial arts training provides children with valuable long-term positive benefits beyond physical fitness. When children practice martial arts, they gain the following benefits:
- Increased self-esteem and confidence: Martial arts training helps children build self-esteem by teaching them an important set of skills that they can use to protect themselves while staying disciplined and focused.
- Improved concentration and focus: To successfully learn martial arts techniques, children learn to become present minded, which translates to boosted concentration and improved learning abilities.
- Greater self-discipline: The structure and strict code of conduct within a martial arts training program helps children develop self-discipline, which they can apply to other areas of their life such as schoolwork and household chores.
- Enhanced self-control and respect: As children learn martial arts, they are taught to respect their peers, their teachers, and themselves. Once children truly understand and embrace the concepts of respect and self-control, they are much more likely to apply them in other situations outside of training.
Promotion of Time Management Skills
Another important value of martial arts training for children is that it promotes time management skills. In today’s age of constant stimulation and distraction, children can easily become overwhelmed. Attending martial arts classes requires children to manage their time efficiently. They learn to plan and prioritize their activities so that they can complete assignments, homework, and other responsibilities in addition to training in martial arts.
“Through this practice, children develop the essential life skill of time management, which will serve them well into adulthood.”
Benefits of Short Focus Training Sessions
One of the great benefits of martial arts training is that most sessions are relatively short, usually thirty to forty-five minutes. For children aged 3-8, shorter sessions are ideal since their concentration spans are still maturing. By attending shorter training sessions, children learn to focus their minds more effectively and to regulate their attention. Students are learning skills that help them develop powerful memorization techniques. This strategy helps to ensure that children are absorbing more information and progressing faster.
“This helps them build confidence as they advance through the various levels of training and in school.”
Martial arts training is not just for kids who are already athletic or sports-oriented. With beginner-friendly classes that focus on basic techniques, children with little to no experience in martial arts can still enjoy the benefits. Good martial arts training centers will provide children with a safe space to learn in, with instructors who are capable of teaching to all different learning styles, so that children develop at their own pace. In these classes, children learn fundamental skills such as balance, coordination, and flexibility alongside learning respect and discipline. As they progress, they can take on more complex movements and techniques.
In conclusion, the benefits of martial arts training for children ages 3-8 are numerous and long-lasting. By joining martial arts training, children can gain self-confidence, increased focus, self-discipline, respect, and time management skills. Short focus training sessions and beginner-friendly classes emphasis basic techniques that ensure children get the most out of their training and develop at their own pace. As a martial arts Master, I have seen firsthand how training in martial arts can help children develop into well-rounded individuals who are prepared to face challenges with confidence and a positive attitude. All In 100% Contact us today to learn more about our programs.