Martial arts teaches kids valuable life skills

April 1, 2014

Kids can learn valuable life skills through martial arts.

Parents may think all their children will learn from martial arts training is violence because of its portrayal in movies, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are a wide variety of benefits from enrolling kids in martial arts classes, from self-discipline to improving socialization through bonding over a common interest, according to In addition, these activities can even help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder learn to focus because concentration plays heavily in these disciplines.

Not only do Karate, Taekwondo and Judo help kids lead more active, healthy lifestyles from an early age, but they also can learn to set and accomplish goals, Kenney Myers wrote in his blog. Children can learn the valuable life skill of respecting others, while boosting their self-esteem at the same time. Despite being viewed as an individual sport, martial arts encourage teamwork and improves listening capabilities. In addition, training can teach children strategies to resolve conflicts through non-violent means. Kids learn to avoid physical fights. All of these benefits can help children improve other aspects of their lives, such as their schoolwork and social skills. Martial arts can help kids lay a solid foundation for adulthood.