Benefits of Kung Fu Training for Kids
Kung fu training offers many mental, emotional, and physical benefits for your child. Here are a few of the beneficial rewards that children can gain from training in the traditional art of kung fu.
Kung fu gets your child active and moving, discouraging a sedentary lifestyle. It is an enjoyable activity that gets kids moving while having fun (without them realizing they are exercising!) Kung fu offers many benefits, but when it comes to fitness, becoming a true martial artist means becoming a supremely fit person.
Setting and Achieving Goals
Kung fu, like many forms of martial arts, features an accomplishment system of colored belts that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he’s learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his goals. We also feature a merit badge system that allows children to strive for rewards in individual merits such as patience, focus, manners, and respect.
One of the most important words in martial arts is respect. Students are taught to respect their instructors, each other, and themselves. Our instructors spend time in class discussing the importance of respecting school teachers and parents.
According to recent research, it's the respect kids learn that can be the most important benefit of martial arts. It often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades.
Kung fu is about personal growth and becoming a better person. Every martial artist ultimately learns this sense of respect and true confidence. Your child will learn that confidence and respect for others comes from a deep sense of self-knowledge.
Discipline and Focus
Lessons in self-restraint and discipline aren’t always easy to come by in today's world. Kids with a martial arts background, however, are continually reminded of how essential self-discipline is. Kung fu improves their ability to follow directions, take pride in doing the right thing, and focus on self-discipline.
Kung fu will build their attention span, teaching your child to focus on the task at hand while improving their listening and reaction skills at the same time. As a result, your child will excel in physical activity, improve their ability to stay focused, and become an astute listener during training, at home, and in school.
Kung fu improves a child’s self esteem through consistent positive verbal reinforcement and our belt and merit badge reward systems. When kids work to earn their next belt level or merit badge, not only are they learning self-defense, they are building self-esteem and learning to feel good about themselves.
Confidence comes with achievement, so your child’s self-esteem level will get a boost with every new move he masters and every belt he earns. Kids who struggle with a low sense of self-worth usually become more confident as time progresses while they’re enrolled in a martial arts class.