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The Truth about Karate for Kids - Part 5

Paul M. Jerard Jr.
Aug 17, 2007
This is the last article in this series, with the last two life skills, and three additional benefits that children receive from attending Karate classes, on a regular basis.

Self-Confidence

Many adults struggle with self esteem, so it is natural that children would also feel a lack of confidence. Also, children of parents who have self-confidence issues will copy their parent's example.

This is one reason why the self-confidence CD we have in our Pro Shop is so popular with adults. This CD is actually a form of self-hypnosis for adults, but Karate is a much more effective self-confidence tool for active children.

So, how does a child find self-confidence through Karate practice? Self esteem is built on a foundation of daily accomplishments that each child experiences within his or her Karate class. This is a form of programming confidence into a child's personality. As a child becomes more proficient at Karate, self-confidence is not far behind, and will carry into all of his or her activities.

Social Skills

There is such a social skill deficit with children these days. Having manners, showing courtesy, and displaying mutual respect are part of every Karate class. It is nice that we have become "technically advanced," but we do not have to leave tradition behind. As children grow, the child who displays manners, courtesy, and respect will succeed in life.

A lack of these qualities is considered anti-social, rude, or arrogant - and rightfully so. Some adults who display these forms of behavior do "get by," but diplomacy can carry us a long way. Therefore, social skills are positively reinforced in each Karate lesson.

Let's cover a few bonus benefits that children receive from regular attendance to Karate classes.

Self-Defense

"A fly on the wall" would learn adequate self-defense skills, if it hung around a Karate class long enough. Children who continue to practice Karate will be able to take care of themselves and should develop enough awareness to stay out of trouble.

Nutrition

Any child, or adult, who practices Karate will excel athletically and will watch what they eat. Within any form of mind and body exercise, proper nutrition is contagious.

Meditation

The "Kata" or (Karate form) is meditation in motion. The adult or child Karate student learns to focus and quiet his or her mind in daily Karate practice. Steady gaze, and breath awareness meditation techniques, is taught to Karate students at our North Providence facility.

Needless to say, children who practice Karate, on a steady basis, will be very well rounded and poised for success in life. If you want to give your child a gift that lasts a lifetime, visit your local martial arts center and find a program that fits your needs. Compare at least two martial arts schools to make an informed decision.

Copyright 2005 - Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
About the Author
Paul Jerard is the director of Yoga teacher training at Aura in RI. He's a master instructor of martial arts and Yoga. He teaches Yoga, martial arts, and fitness. He wrote: Is Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students wanting to be a Yoga teacher.
http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org
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