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It’s a tough world out there.
Kids today face peer pressure, bullying, high expectations and uncertainty.
They need a healthy outlet that benefits body and mind equally – just one of the reasons that martial arts is the perfect activity for kids of all ages. More than 18 million Americans tried martial arts at least once in the past year, according to Simmons Market Research, including 5.5 million teenagers and 3.2 million kids, and they are all on the right track.
Read on and learn more about Roufusport’s fun, exciting and rewarding children’s martial arts classes in Milwaukee.
Following are just a few of the reasons kids today should learn martial arts:
Martial arts builds confidence and self-esteem. Children develop confidence through self-knowledge, attaining skills and practice. Through the vehicle of martial arts, they will get to know themselves better, especially their strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to work individually and in group settings. Martial artists learn that true confidence comes from the inside, and that strength comes in many shapes and forms.
Martial arts develops patience. While some kids are naturals, martial arts isn’t always easy at first. It requires discipline, practice and patience. Kids who stick with martial arts will develop greater patience when it comes to cultivating new skills and working towards a goal.
Martial arts enhances physical fitness. The precise, intricate and powerful movements of martial arts help kids develop strength, flexibility, balance and more.
Interestingly, kids who participate in martial arts also tend to engage in other physical activities: Three-quarters of kids who practice a form of martial arts have golfed or skateboarded in the past year, 69 percent have practiced yoga, and more than 40 percent have gone downhill or cross-country skiing, according to Simmons Market Research. The more active kids are a young age, the more they will develop healthy habits that will stick with them throughout their life. Regular exercise bolsters nearly every aspect of health and wellness, including healthy weight, strong bones, flexibility, resting heart rate, metabolism, mental health and more. And just as important, Martial arts can help kids and families combat the obesity epidemic running rampant in the United States.
Martial arts teaches kids to take a hit and stand back up. It is important in life to learn to meet challenges head on. Kids who stumble and give up when faced with a problem won’t get very far in the world. On the other hand, kids who can take a hit – whether it’s physical, mental or emotional – and learn to get back up and try again will develop greater resilience and coping skills.
Martial arts demands respect. Martial arts teachers will require respect from even the littlest of kids. This is part of a centuries-old tradition where knowledge is passed from teacher to student. Students learn to set aside their ego in order to learn more from their elders who have learned from those that came before them. Likewise, martial arts instills a sense of honor – respect for rules and etiquette, following a code and showing humility. Roufusport co-founder Duke Roufus began his martial arts training when he was just 4 years old.
Martial arts increases attention span and focus. Let’s face it – kids today are pretty distracted (not to mention their parents). With screens and schedules, our society is busier than ever. Fortunately, Roufusport children’s martial arts offers the ideal solution – with emphasis on stillness, calm, silence and strength through focus. Kids will learn to focus on one thing at a time and to bring a sense of deliberate attention to their activities – this will benefit them in school and in life.
Martial arts teaches conflict resolution. Contrary to what some people believe, learning martial arts teaches kids to avoid violence, using it only as a last resort for self-defense. Roufusport kids martial arts seeks to teach conflict resolution, facing challenges with non-violent means and learning to see the best in others.
Martial arts helps with goal-setting and goal achievement. Learning to set, follow and accomplish goals can help kids in their education and professions. Roufusport martial arts is the perfect place to learn how to set a goal and to pursue it. Whether it is a certain color belt rank or a particular skill, martial arts provides a systematic way of learning more about the importance of goals for kids.
Martial arts connects mind and body. Until kids learn to control their minds, they can’t control their bodies – and vice versa. Martial arts puts it all together, teaching kids how to breathe, how to connect and how to move mindfully. All of these lessons are incredibly valuable outside of the school, as well.
What it boils down to is that any child – any person, for that matter – of any age can benefit from learning martial arts. Regardless where you enroll your child to learn martial arts, kids can learn so many lessons that will help them throughout their lives – strength, patience, perseverance, wellness and focus, just to name a few.
Begin your child’s martial arts journey at Roufusport with a FREE first class or 6-week Trial Special that includes two FREE martial arts uniforms (a $115.00 value). To get started, please call (414) 453-5425 or click > > > > HERE < < < < to learn more about Roufusport’s Kids Martial Arts Trial Specials.
In the words of the illustrious Bruce Lee, “The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge.”