Why Should My Child Train Martial Arts?

Parents put their children into activities for a variety of reasons. I have been teaching children’s martial arts classes for over ten years and have heard many of the reasons but I have also had the opportunity as a coach, instructor and mentor to be with some of these children on their journey. From my experiences I have recognized that the unseen aspects of learning martial arts for children, specifically Brazilian jiu-jitsu, are just as important as what is seen.

We teach children several things: having respect for their instructors, taking care of their training partners, learning to have responsibilities and listening skills. These are a few of the ‘seen’ aspects that you will observe while watching your child.

What are the ‘unseen’ aspects of a martial arts class? More so, what are parents paying for?

  • They pay for the days when their child runs into the martial arts facility ahead of them because they can’t wait to make it to class.
  • They pay for the days when their child comes home from school and is ‘too tired’ to train but does anyway because they have a goal to reach.
  • They pay for their child to learn respect, how to be respectful of their instructors, teammates, and most importantly how to respect themselves.
  • They pay for their child to learn how to take care of their own body.
  • They pay for their child to learn how to take care of others, to be a good teammate and to have the opportunity to create lifelong friendships.
  • They pay for their child to learn how to deal with disappointment and how to move on from it.
  • They pay for their child to learn to set goals and accomplish them.
  • They pay for their child to learn that it takes hours of hard work and practice to create something amazing and that success does not happen overnight.
  • They pay for their child to be moving, learning and connecting with others.
  • They pay for their child to have experiences, challenges and achievements they will take with them for the rest of their lives.
  • They pay for their child to have opportunities.

I could go on and on. Children will learn from a young age how to be strong, confident and to believe in themselves, while understanding what disappointment is and how to move forward from it.

Sometimes life is hard and it has hard lessons. We help to prepare a child by putting them in a safe and caring environment where they can learn how to fail and move forward. They learn to work hard for success and have fun along the way. We help to keep them motivated and inspired.

This is why I have taught martial arts to children for ten years and continue to do so every day, loving every minute of it.

Written by Sarah Draht
Edited by Elaine Podovennikoff