One for the Kids: Four Benefits that Martial Arts Have for Children

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There is no understating the fact that there is much to be gained from being a practitioner of martial arts. Today, we’ll be looking at the major benefits that martial arts have for children. As you may know, martial arts have always been a wholly physical activity. While there are a lot of misgivings about having children practice martial arts, we believe that there is a lot to be gained for them.

Here are four examples of these benefits:

Getting Exercise

It is no secret that a majority of our youth face a massive obesity epidemic. This is due to the fact that gadgets and social media are more their cup of tea as of late. It is not entirely their fault—it is, after all, the parents that put those gadgets into the hands of the youth.

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Joining a martial arts school gives any child the chance to exert themselves in a wholly positive and safe way. There is no secret in the fact that martial arts can be physically demanding; regardless of the school or mastery that you choose to pursue.

Instilling Discipline

Anyone who has ever pursued martial arts will tell you that one of the biggest things that they will teach you is discipline. Children can be rather impetuous and stubborn. Learning discipline from an early age can help them steer away from bad decisions.

Gaining Friends

One of the biggest problems about crossing the threshold into adulthood is that we tend to forget how difficult it was to try to find friends or how terribly real peer pressure was. With children, it would be important to be very mindful of who we expose them to.

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Martial arts schools do come with some rivalries but they are carefully noted by the teachers of the school or dojo. Friends made in martial arts schools carry the same teachings and the same values which can lead to more positive friendships in the future.

Learning Respect

One of the biggest worries that parents have in general is how children are mostly losing touch with the concept of respect.

In a martial arts school, respect is one of the strongest backbones that they nurture. It is ingrained in every single lecture. As martial arts helps provide a connection to the past, it is important that there is respect between each member of the school from the teachers to the students themselves.


Martial Arts shouldn’t just something that should be practiced when one is looking to defend one’s self. There are a plethora of other reasons why martial arts would be worth pursuing—especially when children are involved. Going through the different benefits we’ve mentioned above, what other benefits could you think of that children could gain from Martial Arts?