Three Easy Ways to Know if Your Child Will Like Martial Arts
Every year parents seek out martial arts for a number of different reasons. They may be looking for their child to learn more self-discipline, maybe even become more confidence. It’s no secret that martial arts provides a number of benefits to its students. However, while the decision to start your child in martial arts is an easy one, a more difficult thing to know is if your child will enjoy it. Luckily there are some indicators that will help you decide whether martial arts is right for your child.
One thing to think about is if your child has participated in structured group activities before and how much they took part in them. Did your child participate without your help? Did they stay involved for the length of the class/activity instead of running back and forth when they felt like it? If your answer to these questions was yes, then chances are that your child will do well with the structure of martial arts classes and be able to enjoy the class altogether. If your answer was no, then a simple solution could be to have your child watch a martial arts class or two so that they can see the level of involvement that will be expected from them.
Another thing to think about is the level of your child’s focus. While it’s true that one of the benefits of martial arts is to improve focus, it’s still a good idea to start your child in classes when they have enough focus to be able to participate in at least a 30 minute class. I’m not saying that your child should already have the focus of a 9th degree black belt, but if they do get distracted, it should be easy to get your child back on task.
The last thing that will help to know if your child will like classes would be your child’s own interest in martial arts. We’ve all either experienced or heard horror stories of half-finished soccer seasons, t-ball commitments that didn’t last past the first couple of practices. But, if you’re child is asking to try a particular sport then they have some level of interest already. Has your child ever asked you for something that you didn’t really want to answer at the moment so instead you say ‘Ask me later’? You already know that they will soon be onto the next thing in their mind and you’ll never hear that question again…unless it’s important to them. Try applying this approach in a more meaningful way to their martial arts interest. If your child starts asking about martial arts classes, but you have some doubts about their commitment level, tell them if they remind you on a particular date, next Thursday for example, then you will look into classes for them. If they still ask at that time, then you can feel more comfortable about moving forward with looking into classes.
If even after these three points you are still unsure about your child’s potential interest, then you could always seek out a second opinion. Seigler’s Karate Center offers a free semi-private lesson for your child to attend. During the class they will learn techniques such as their first punch and kick, and also break a board. Our instructors are trained to evaluate your child’s overall focus, coordination and balance and let you know if they recommend your child for classes. Second opinions are a great recipe for peace of mind, and you’ll also be one step closer to having your child in classes.