5 Reasons Why Children Must Learn Karate
1. They will build Self-Confidence
Karate is the perfect training environment for children to build confidence and self-esteem. Even though karate does not condone violence, it does teach children to defend themselves in the event they are attacked. This empowers children who don’t have a lot of confidence, and may even be the target of schoolyard bullies.
We find that nothing is more important to a child’s development than having a healthy self esteem. There is no price that a parent would put on this one major skill set that sets the solid foundation for life.
2. They will develop Resilience
Karate training develops resilience by helping children overcome set backs and accept and take on new challenges. They develop skills to understand the difference between failing and giving up. Regular karate training puts students under a learning environment and a major part of learning is growing through trying new things. This builds mental toughness. The dojo (training hall) is a place where we are encouraged to try new skills, knowing that we must be prepared to make mistakes and appreciate that there is no progress without first trying and even making mistakes. We can only learn through making mistakes, the the dojo is that safe place that children can learn to build new skills, and overcome set backs, and become more resilient individuals.
3. They will develop Persistence
Karate training develops a ‘never give up’ attitude. Children that do karate learn to set a task or goal, and focus on its achievement until it is realised. Persistence is such a valuable life skill that can translate into school work, community participation, and of course lead onto far greater outcomes after the child leaves school to enter the work force. This is especially relevant in karate training with how the grading system has been set up. Every belt achieved is a new level of growth on a child’s karate journey. It takes setting the goal, understanding what it will take to reach it, and having the discipline and motivation to stay on track, to stay focused, and take action in the pursuit of the goal.
4. They will develop Independent Thinking
When a child has confidence in themselves, they know who they are, what they value, and what they will stand for. Karate Kids will be a lot less susceptible to peer pressure, especially when it involves negative thinking and activity that they know is not going to be helpful. They will develop a ‘follow the herd’ mentality. Children who are mentally tough are more inclined to make their own good choices.
5. They will develop a Happy Positive Disposition
Above all, regular Karate training will provide children a sense of inner peace, a positive attitude and will generally have a much happier disposition. Feeling good about themselves, having a positive mental attitude, a quiet yet resounding confidence, all combined will provide a healthy outlook. Small issues will remain small. Larger challenges will be looked at with a stronger mind set ,and challenges will be accepted with a greater sense of bravery and courage.