For any forward thinking parent giving your child a chance to learn how to defend themselves should be on your list of priorities, here’s why.
Growing up can be tough and it’s a lucky child that never has to deal with being bullied. Being bullied at a tender age can leave a lasting mark on a youngster. A child who is too sheltered from the world can find dealing with a physical confrontation even more challenging. Early training in Karate is an excellent way for any young person to learn how to handle a physically abusive situation.
Most folk would agree that a good diet is important for the physical development of a growing youngster. In a similar manner developing a quiet confidence in yourself is important for healthy phycological growth. Knowing that you can defend yourself effectively is a great advantage in life and is best learnt in your formative years.
Video games virtual reality and the real world.
Childhood has changed beyond recognition over the last few decades. Once a time of long bike rides and exploring woods and streams, children had a chance to explore the real world.
The new normal is to sit for endless hours in front of a hypnotic flickering screen. Virtual reality is pure fantasy and teaches few life skills worth knowing.
A well run karate club provides a controlled environment were a youngster can experience harsh reality but in a playful way. Dealing with situations such as being pushed into a wall put in a headlock or grabbed by the throat and learning how to neutralise these attacks is actually good fun when your young.
Exercise, a modern must for a healthy life.
It’s not so long ago that life was far more physically demanding and daily demands alone provided all the exercise that anyone needed. Few families had modern conveniences such as cars but the modern world seems to be designed to make us lazy. Karate is an excellent form of exercise as well a system of self defence. The lifestyles of our grand parents kept them fully fit but for the young people of today exercise is a modern must do for a healthy life.
A friend of mine once said the martial arts are for people who don’t have older brothers. Indeed the almost constant play fighting arguments and sibling rivalry in a large family are a natural preparation for the big wide world.
Brothers who stick up for each other have an added strength, the strength of numbers. For the only child or the oldest child with no band of big brothers for back up, karate can give the self confidence and self reliance to fight and win your own wars in life.
For the youngster who sticks with karate they will learn to some degree the valuable lesson of self control. Along with the more obvious abilities that karate sparring teaches such as quick reflexes timing and physical agility, self control plays a big part. Learning what is an appropriate response and basically when enough is enough, teaches that fine line between being a door mat and being a bully yourself.
>A skill that demands respect.
Modern marketing places a huge pressure on youngsters as well as their parents. The promise is that this product will make you happy and respected but this is always fleeting. For a child to learn how to defend themselves they are avoiding a lot of unhappy ness. Good karate is a skill that stays with you and gives self respect and the respect of others.