Every child invariably is enamored by the self-defense moves that they see performed by martial arts practitioners.
The question is, do you as a parent feel that such an interest and the actual training of your child in the sport is beneficial to him at this early stage in his life. Would you expose your child to the risk of certain injury in his desire to learn martial arts?
Don't kid yourself, injuries are certain in every martial arts practice. It is a given.
To be able to master even the simplest self-defense technique requires taking on some risk of injury. In practicing martial arts movements, special care must be taken to avoid causing injury.
The majority of martial arts schools, however, are able to minimize injuries by restricting class activities to mere exercises, refraining from combat modes, even sparring. Minimum ages are set that restrict those who are too young to engage in potentially dangerous contact with other students even as the important basic techniques are introduced and practiced.
Bring your child to a training session so he may observe first-hand and decide for himself whether to continue or not. If he shows interest, you can enrol him in an introductory class. Based on what he observes, he will be able to ascertain his next future moves. If he should choose to continue, it might be helpful if you bring him to a few different schools.
Each martial arts school is different and emphasizes different aspects of even the same type of martial arts - karate, kung fu, judo, aikido, Japanese, Chinese or Korean.
So is every child unique and different from others. Those who are now highly skilled in the arts are said to have developed their abilities in their past lives. Therefore, your child should be allowed to choose for himself where he should train.
Another major concern of parents is the amount of commitment that will be required of their child and the time he is to devote to the learning of the sport. Look ahead because to continue will involve a certain large amount of money, time and effort.
Sometimes, it boils down to a simple choice - academics or sports. At such an early age, the child should retain his options and play the field, he is not yet old enough to make life-changing decisions on his own.
To address this concern, some dojos require that their students who are still in school maintain a certain high average grade in their academic subjects.
Columbus martial arts
is not confined to learning self-defense, emphasis is placed on self-discipline, self-control and the virtues. The true emphasis is on spiritual development, and not on anything physical.
To the masters, the focus is on the spiritual and not on the physical.
Good health is guaranteed with continued training. Many practitioners have gained better health precisely because of their continued involvement in the sport. When your child has good health and the self-confidence to handle himself well in the face of adversity, he will be able to breeze through all his difficult trials as he transforms from the child that he is to the fully developed adult individual that he will become.
On the surface, especially for beginners, all they see is the ability to be gained in the defense of self. With the ability, there comes a quiet confidence and the peace that comforts like nothing else does. Bullying by older children and even adults are common place. But your child should, at least, be able to avoid harm done to his person through his knowledge and application of basic martial arts.
Knowing the above, you are now better enabled to make a decision. Should you enrol your child in
martial arts school?