If you’re reading this the chances are you’re a parent considering whether or not to enrol your child in a martial arts class. It is also quite likely you have little information to go on with regard to what martial arts for the kids has to offer. You might have seen part of a martial arts film at one point or another – probably the usual Hollywood fare – and it has left you wondering whether it is actually a good idea.
It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that martial arts in real life is very different from martial arts that comes out of Hollywood. You also have someone to ask about it. Before you even consider booking a lesson or a class for your child, go and see the instructor. Speaking to someone trained in martial arts is a great help. It will enable you to learn more about the reality rather than the Hollywood version that might be putting you off.
Once you learn how to separate fact from fiction you’ll likely feel much better about the idea of your child practising martial arts. It really isn’t brutal at all – in fact this is a common misconception among those who watch films and have little knowledge about the reality of it all.
You might also want to talk to other parents whose children have already enrolled in classes. They will be able to tell you how their children have changed (always for the better) as they have learned the different techniques and disciplines used in this pastime.
The moral then is to make sure your own doubts and misunderstandings don’t get in the way of your child learning some powerful life lessons. You might be surprised at how far it is from the Hollywood image.
Owner and Chief Instructor of Deacons Martial Arts and Fitness in Oadby, Leicester.