It’s been a challenging year for all of us, not least our kids who haven’t had the same opportunities to get out there and freely socialize as they once would. Some families have reported that their kids lack that free-spirited go-getting energy that they once had. If you’re experiencing this with your child, know that you’re not alone and that there are things you can do to help.
In our Las Vegas martial arts school, Ageless Karate, we see an incredible change in the kids that attend our classes. A change that, parents tell us, extends far beyond the dojo.
Here’s how martial arts teaches kids self-confidence.
- They step outside their comfort zone
At a time when many people are concerned about their safety, it’s all-too-easy to inadvertently foster anxiety in our kids. That’s why we should counter this anxiety with safe opportunities for kids to explore their boundaries and edge them out further.
In our classes, kids experience new things, meet new people and find out just how much power they really have.
- They learn perseverance
“Failure” is difficult, even for us adults to overcome. One of the beauties of martial arts is that it is immediately obvious that everyone has to start somewhere, and no one is a black belt in their first class. We teach that if you can’t do something, that’s ok! Keep at it, and one day you’ll get there. This simple but important life lesson can do wonders for a kid’s self-confidence in the face of adversity.
- They watch and acknowledge their progress
At martial arts school, kids can clearly see their progress week on week.
- Move their bodies and recognize their strength
The way we move (or don’t move our bodies) and the way we hold ourselves has been proven to have an effect on our confidence and wellbeing. If your kid has spent months hunched over an iPad, that’s going to impact how they think about themselves.
Martial Arts School helps kids to move their bodies with confidence and control, sit upright, and recognize their power and potential.
- Size and gender don’t factor
Karate is for everyone. It doesn’t matter your age, your size, or your gender. Martial arts is a great way for kids to keep healthy and to gain body positivity. No matter your size, every body type has its own advantages. Everybody (or should that be every body) has their own strengths.
A core value that we teach in our Las Vegas martial arts school is respect. We are all valuable, and we are all capable, and we should all respect one another. In this environment, kids can freely be themselves and watch their self-confidence soar.
Read more about what other life skills kids can learn from karate here. Get in touch with us to enroll your kid in our classes or our Summer camp. We can’t wait to welcome them.
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