The Importance of Karate for Kids
I started practicing karate at the age of 15 and now 21 years later I not only follow the core principles of martial arts but also have the privilege to pass them forward to my students.
Karate is very well known as a system of self-defense where with consistent and strenuous training punches and kicks become extremely dangerous and useful in a case of a need. But karate is not only that. I would go further and say that martial arts are very solid and effective educational system. A Chinese proverb says: “If you are thinking one year ahead, sow seed. If you are thinking 10 years ahead plant a tree. If you are thinking 100 years ahead educate people.”
Martial arts as an educational system are of paramount importance for everybody especially for kids. Karate benefits kids at every aspect of their lives – physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. Developing balance, coordination, focus, respect, discipline, self-defense is well known features of every practice.
However, I would like to turn your attention to some of the other important benefits that every kid is receiving in his or her karate class.
First, through karate kids are Creating Good Habits. We as human beings are creatures of our habits. In karate training kids learn to show up on time, to respect their teacher, partners, opponents, to practice hard, to live a healthy lifestyle, to take good care of their body, mind and spirit and the list goes on… Once kids get these habits they have them forever. Good habits become a legacy.
Second, martial arts are improving kids Self-Confidence. Every kid that is practicing conscientiously and consistently is getting better and better. And the kids are realizing that. They start feel good about themselves, they feel special and important. They feel they can do anything in life. They develop the “I can do it” attitude, which ultimately translates in all areas in their lives.
Third, karate is helping kids to have goals – Goal Orientation. Goals are the meaning of our life. When you have a goal you pursue it with all your heart and soul. In karate kids learn that every practice is another step to their goal – next belt, better technique, getting stronger…
And last but not least, martial arts develop another important attitude -“Never give up”. A Japanese proverb says: “Fall 7 times, stand up 8”. And that is all karate is about. That is all our life is about, isn’t it?
I am very grateful to all my karate teachers for their guidance and support. I’m very grateful to KYOKUSHIN karate for all these lifetime benefits.
Posted on: 26 August, 2014admin