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Reasons Parents Choose Martial Arts as an After-School Program

Top 5 Reasons Parents Choose Martial Arts as an After-School Program

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An after-school program like sports, music and video games are all beneficial after-school activities in their own way. However, martial arts for kids is about so much more than just physical movement. It’s about overcoming challenges and preparing your child to be the best young adult they can be. We gathered up our top 5 reasons why Katy parents choose martial arts for kids–and some of them may surprise you, like reason number 2! Read on to find out more.

Reason 1: Martial Arts for Kids Helps Kids Focus

Kids Jiu-Jitsu ClassesIf you’re like the majority of modern parents, you may have noticed that a lot of kids struggle with focus and concentration. Some of the issues here have to do with just being a kid, whose brain is still developing. Some of it has to do with more screen time and a bad after-school program, leading to less control over attention spans. And some of it is due to plain old genetics, if attention issues run in the family.

What’s cool is that martial arts for kids helps students with attention problems and trouble focusing. Why? Well, kids martial arts is actually about way more than just punches and kicks. It’s a tool that we use to develop character and learn important life skills. Through fun and games in class, our instructors can sneak in quick activities that help build focus consistently over time.

Aside from games, the act of martial arts itself requires discipline, too. To master the physical moves, kids need to be still, listen intently and concentrate on what they’re doing. Once they’re able to get the moves down, our instructors use positive reinforcement to continually praise them for paying attention.

Soon, the students understand the connection between receiving positive feedback and staying focused, and they start to see great results. This ultimately helps them achieve better grades and become more confident, which you’ll read about in Reasons 2 and 3.

Reason 2: Better Grades are Possible with Martial Arts for Kids

Martial Arts for KidsDid you know that a good after-school program can help your child get better grades? Here’s the breakdown: Through fun games in class and consistent practice of the martial arts moves, we teach them how to improve their focus and attention skills. With this newfound focus, our students start to become more “indistractable”- they have better control of their bodies and can easily pay attention more, meaning they squirm less in their seats in class and can focus on the tasks at hand.

Improved focus means improved listening, so they’re retaining the information better than ever before and they can sit down to complete their assignments with a higher quality of concentration. And, because the information is “sticking” better, they’re recalling that info on tests and quizzes, scoring higher because of this heightened recall, and voila; better grades! It is that simple and it does work!

Reason 3: Martial Arts is an After-School Program that Builds Confidence

After school programBelieve it or not, sometimes your child’s after-school program can lead to a decrease in confidence because they’re comparing themselves to others on their sports team or in their debate club. If your child isn’t the most athletic, or they’re somewhat shy, it may be challenging to find a program that suits them where they don’t have to worry about “letting the team down” in any way.

What’s great about martial arts is that it’s an individual sport in a group setting, so our students don’t have to worry about being the best of the best–they just have to focus on being better than they were yesterday. They learn how to compare themselves not necessarily to others, which can be a losing game, but to the previous versions of themselves; and they keep improving. In this way, our students can continually see how awesome it feels to set and accomplish goals, and they can understand the discipline and perseverance it takes to become successful. Those are skills they’ll take with them for life.

One of the benefits of an after-school program is that your child can learn to support their fellow students and be a cheerleader for another person’s accomplishments. This is one of the best things about teaching martial arts to kids: Seeing the way that our kids become friends and cheer each other on. For those who have low self-esteem or just feel down about themselves, getting that support from both their instructors and their peers is a gratifying and even life-changing experience.

Reason 4: Our Martial Arts Instructors are Positive Role Models for Kids

Benefits of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for ChildrenIf you think about it, most programs are about a result–the show in Drama Club, the games in sports. This is where a martial arts after-school program is the most different from other programs. Achieving a new belt rank is not our sole focus. Remember how martial arts is a tool for self-development?

Pairing that with the individual nature of the sport, our instructors can hone in on each student and help them with their unique journey. Our kids then start to see their instructors as positive role models and our instructors are more than happy to fill the role! They have dedicated their lives and careers to bonding with the kids and encouraging them through positive reinforcement, positive self-talk, and a focus on progress, not perfection. 

We show our students how to get back up when they’ve been knocked down, how to always stay humble no matter how far they progress, and how valuable personal development and a commitment to growth can be. Those kinds of lessons just aren’t as common in any other karate after-school program.

Reason 5: It’s just Fun!

kids karate classThe fifth reason is that kids karate classes are just fun! Our awesome instructors make each after-school lesson fun and engaging. Our classes are all about non-stop activity. We break each class into different sections to keep our kids engaged and learning, and sprinkle fun games into the mix to add an element of surprise. 

Fun activities and games not only help the kids stay engaged with our lessons, but they also help our students connect fitness to positive emotion, a connection that they’ll carry with them for life. This big focus on fun is also how our instructors manage to sneak those life skills–like focus, confidence, and discipline–into each lesson. The kids don’t even know they’re learning something; they’re too busy having a blast!

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