Signing a Child up for Martial Arts by darreljefferson


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									Signing a Child up for Martial Arts
If you know that your child is interested in martial
arts, it may be beneficial to look into children
martial arts to see if you think it would be a good fit
with your family. Many parents find that their
children are able to exercise and have a great
release when they are in martial arts.


First, you should be sure that you understand what studios in your area provide children martial
arts lessons. Start looking through the different studios in your area, so you can be sure that you
are able to find a studio that you agree with and that you are happy with.

There are a lot of different types of martial arts that children can participate in and as you are
shopping through the different classes, you should understand what the classes are all about.
Looking through and understanding the different martial arts may help you decide.

As you are looking through the different martial arts classes, do not forget to ask your child what
he or she wants to do. When you talk to your child about what he or she wants to do, you may
be surprised with the type of response that they are able to provide you.

Be careful about exploring the different prices of the classes that are available. You may find
that there is a class that you are not able to afford and it is better that you do not present that class
as an option when you are talking with your child about the different classes.

After your child has been signed up for a class, it is important that you know how you are going
to get your child to and from classes. Children martial arts classes may have other children in
them that your kids can carpool with, but that will take some planning with other parents.

Practicing at home

Your child may also be anxious to start practicing at home. If your child is practicing at home, it
is important that you teach your child the importance of being safe with their practicing and it is
also important that your child does not practice on other children.

Throughout your child’s martial arts classes their progress will be marked by the belt system.
They will start as a white belt and they will progress through the ranks until they are able to get
to a black belt.
                                                Your child will also learn how to respect their
                                                elders throughout the time that they are in martial
                                                arts. They will have to listen to the commands of
                                                their instructor and stand still between the
                                                different commands that are given.

                                                They will also be required to bow and show
                                                respect to their elders. This can be difficult for
                                                some children, but this is often the most
                                                beneficial lesson that children learn while they
                                                are in any types of martial arts classes.

Do not be afraid to sign your child up for martial arts. It may be a great learning experience and
a great way for your child to exercise.

Photo credit: agioele, D. Boyarrin

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