Convincing a child to practice martial arts is the right decision for the development of his physical and moral qualities. It also develops discipline and self-confidence, which will help him during adulthood. It is a mistake to believe that single combats have a high risk of injury. There are different types of martial arts, and in each one of them protective equipment is used, and all classes are conducted under the supervision of a qualified trainer.
What kind of martial arts you should choose for your child, and what are the advantages to practice them overall will be discussed in this article.
Benefits of martial arts for children
Children’s sports, and in particular martial arts, are aimed at developing the basic skills of discipline and other qualities in kids. Some examples of these attributes include:
- Agility and speed
Regular group lessons under the guidance of a coach will help the child to find a common language with peers, and also help building social communication skills with adults not only in the gym, but outside of it too.
All martial arts training is based on the values of a code of honor, including courtesy, mutual respect, humility and discipline. Martial arts coaches help their students to develop self-esteem, which will help them to perceive both victories and defeats with dignity. Self-defense training develops the ability of children and adolescents to better cope with difficulties and unforeseen situations in everyday life. They learn to take responsibility for their behavior, and understand that violence is never a good way to solve problems. Martial arts clearly show that any use of force has irreversible consequences. Thanks to this, martial arts classes for children can be an important step in developing empathy and social competence.
Types of martial arts for children
Choosing a particular type of martial arts for a child can be challenging given that there are dozens of different disciplines, and an endless number of schools that practice them in different ways. In general, the choice depends on the nature of the child, his predisposition and whether this art will interest him at all. Otherwise, the chances are that your child or teenager will engage in and complete the mandatory workout exercises without the enthusiasm and healthy energy essential for development in any sport.
BJJ is a martial art based on short throws and painful holds. It instills discipline in a child, teaches him resilience and how to use his mind and body to defeat a larger opponent. Since this martial art mainly involves throwing, as well as painful and choke-hold techniques, you need to make sure that the child is ready to handle such close contact in training.
Judo is a Japanese martial art that combines self-defense and sports with the development of moral qualities. These aspects are embedded in the philosophical principles of this form of martial art. Judo is not based on strikes, but on grips, levers, and throws. Training in this discipline develops mobility, strength and general fitness. Judo training preparation includes general development classes for children, learning basic judo skills and learning more difficult techniques. For a child, everything takes place in a game format, but in compliance with a set of rules. Falling safety in training is provided by special judo mats, often complemented by shock-absorbing pads and cushioned
Wrestling is a martial art that is geared more towards older children and adolescents. It develops basic athletic skills, physical strength and endurance as well. Like other martial arts, wrestling fosters discipline in a child, and also pushes him to further self-improvement. Wrestling for children requires them to focus on learning certain techniques, which can help them to focus on learning many aspects. It is a trait that children can easily use in everyday life, such as at school.
Boxing remains one of the most popular sports for children in the post-Soviet era. In the boxing sessions, first of all children learn the basic skills of this sport, and only then the sparring work begins. During training, the emphasis is put on high-speed work, on earning points through accurate strikes, and not due to brute force and causing injury to the opponent. Parents who wonder if boxing is the right sport for their children should always remember that boxing contests face athletes from the same weight category. The same applies to children and adolescents. In addition, during training all the necessary protective gear is used. This includes gloves, helmet, bandage and mouth guard, which minimize the risk of injury.
Mixed martial arts for children includes techniques from different types of martial arts, and exercises to develop stretching, coordination, agility, flexibility and endurance. At first, experienced trainers will teach the basics of striking and wrestling techniques, and then allow children to have light sparring. The minimum age for MMA classes is 7 years old.
Benefits of Workouts for Kids at the PMFA
The Parimatch Fight Academy sports gym is equipped with everything you need to practice different types of martial arts. It has equipment such as bags, punching bags and wall pads for practicing kicks. There are also barbells and dumbbells for building strength, and a 6X6 boxing ring for sparring. But the most important aspect is that it employs qualified coaches who have:
- Abilities for working with children
- A vast experience in their sport
- Understanding the capabilities of each individual child
Thanks to our coaches, your child will begin to quickly learn the basics of the chosen martial art, will not lose interest in classes, and will receive invaluable experience of titled athletes to achieve the best sport results.
Register your child for martial arts classes at the Parimatch Fight Academy. Leave a request on the website, and we will call you back to the specified phone number.