Benefits For Children
Sports Karate offers children many life lessons, disciplines, and skills that will stay with them throughout their lives. Karate is not about merely defending oneself, it is so much more than that. Bruce Lee said it best by saying “The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups.”. .
Self-Confidence and Respect
Karate teaches self-confidence and respect, not only for yourself but for others, including an opponent. As your child masters complex moves, stances, and fighting forms, he or she will know how to hold his or her own in any situation. Your child will set goals with each belt earned and learn how to achieve those goals, and in so doing, build valuable confidence. Confidence comes naturally when you can handle your own, even when faced with a bully or another challenge.
Your child will learn self-leadership, as well as how to lead others as your child advances in his or her belts. Higher belt level students help with the training of lower belt students. This, in turn, helps to reenforce the self-confidence aspect of karate.
Karate requires self-discipline in order to advance in rank. As your child earns new belts through hard work, self-discipline is the natural result. Your child will learn that, with self-discipline comes new proficiency with Karate or any martial art. In time, your child will learn to approach all areas of life with this skill, as Karate is so much more than a mere fighting style or physical sport.
There is no denying that Karate is demanding on both the body and the mind. Karate helps with strength, cardiovascular health, and flexibility training. Very few physical activities can boast this. This style is not just physical, but it is also a lifestyle and state of mind. Yet, in following that life style and mindset comes greater overall physical health and well-being. Well-being is at the core of Karate.