Learning and practicing karate katas can improve children’s concentration discipline balance and coordination. They are fun to learn and can give a youngster a sense of achievement when they can do them well.
What are karate katas?
Katas are a series of martial arts movements that a child can preform on their own without the need for a training partner. Just as shadow boxing is used in the West to drill techniques that will be used in the ring, kata is used in the East to polish and perfect fighting moves.
Improved concentration in children.
Children have so much energy that they need to move in order to release it. To move through a series of martial art movements in the correct order with various changes of directions requires a lot of concentration. Performing a kata is a way of expressing energy through movement but in a controlled way.The concentration needed to preform a kata to a reasonable standard calls for considerable self control.
Discipline and kata.
To learn even one kata and to be able then preform it alone in front of instructors and class mates takes some doing for a youngster. The class creates a disciplined environment in which a kata might be drilled many times. Students quickly realise that to be distracted even for a few moments means that they fall behind the rest of the group.
To practice kata at home even for a few minutes each day is the start of building self disipline.
Any well run martial arts class regardless of style maintains what in todays society would be considered a well disciplined atmosphere
Balance plays a very significant part in any movement. To be agile quick and confident in any physical activity requires having good balance. Being a good mover, it could be on the dance floor or on a tennis court, calls for good balance.
By training in karate kata at a young age balance will gradually but significantly be improved.
Training in karate katas will improve any child’s coordination. Childhood is the time when through play we work out how to use our bodies efficiently and effectivly. Through training in a discipline such as a martial art this learning process can be speeded up and enhanced.
A natural progression.
Right from the first time that a new student does the warm up exercises they are already focusing on being more aware and in control of their bodies. Some of the warm ups are balancing exercises or holding postures that occur in katas and all of them require a fair bit of concentration.
Serious training in kata might not be started for a few months. The early foundation training that all students receive means that when a kata is taught it is a natural progression from what is already known.