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Top 5 Reasons Parents Choose Martial Arts as an After-School Program

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An after-school program that your child’s school offers is beneficial in certain ways, but martial arts for kids teaches incredible life lessons and success skills that other after-school activities just don’t offer. It’s about fitness with a purpose and helping your child become the absolute best version of themselves, inside and out. We gathered up our top 5 reasons why Mountain View parents choose martial arts for kids–and some of them may surprise you, like #2! Read on to find out more.

 

Reason 1: Martial Arts for Kids Helps Kids Focus

after-school programWith the rise of technology and screen time, it’s no secret that a lot of kids struggle with staying focused and concentrating. Some of it is, of course, just part of being a kid.  Some of it has to do with shortened attention spans with increased screen time, and some of it can be genetic for kids with attention issues.

There’s good news, though; a lot of students with attention problems see massive improvement with a consistent after-school program. Why? Well, martial arts for kids is actually about way more than just punches and kicks. It’s a tool that we use to develop character and learn vital life skills. Our instructors are like ninjas, sneaking in quick games and activities to build focus over time. But aside from games, kids karate classes require discipline too.

To master the physical moves, kids need to sit still, listen to their instructor, and concentrate on how to coordinate their bodies and minds. Once they’re able to get the moves down, our instructors use positive reinforcement to continually praise them for paying attention. Soon, the students understand the connection between receiving positive feedback and staying focused, and they start to see great results. This ultimately helps them achieve better grades and become more confident, which you’ll read about in Reasons 2 and 3.

 

Reason 2: Better Grades are Possible with Martial Arts for Kids

after-school programA lot of parents have no idea that an after-school program can help their children get better grades. How, you may ask? Here’s how it works: Through a combination of consistent practice and fun games and activities, we teach them how to improve their focus and attention skills. With this improved focus, our students start to become more “indistractable”- meaning they have better hand-eye coordination and sharper attention spans, they squirm less in their seats during class, and can focus on the tasks at hand.

Better focus leads to better listening, so the information is “sticking” better, and they can sit down to complete their assignments with a higher quality of concentration. And, because the information is “sticking” better, they’re recalling that info on tests and quizzes, they’re scoring higher because of this heightened recall, and voila–better grades! Yep, it’s that simple, and it does work!

 

Reason 3: Martial Arts is an After-School Program that Builds Confidence

best martial arts schoolBelieve it or not, sometimes your child’s after-school program can lead to a decrease in confidence because they’re comparing themselves to others on their sports team or in their debate club. If your child isn’t especially athletic or they’re particularly shy, it can be difficult to find a program where they don’t have to worry about “letting the team down” or being self-conscious in front of others.

The reason why martial arts is great for this particular kind of child is because it’s an individual sport in a group setting, so our students are focused on their own progress and growth. They learn how to compare themselves not necessarily to others, which can be a losing game, but to the previous versions of themselves. This will help them become the best versions of themselves they can be. In this way, our students can see in real-time how awesome it feels to set and meet goals, and they can understand the discipline and perseverance it takes to become successful. Those are skills they’ll take with them for the rest of their lives.

Additionally, your child can learn to support their fellow students and be a cheerleader for another person’s accomplishments. This is one of the best things about teaching martial arts to kids; seeing the way that our kids become friends and cheer each other on. For those who struggle with low self-esteem, getting that support from both their instructors and their peers is a gratifying and even life-changing experience.

 

Reason 4: Our Martial Arts Instructors are Positive Role Models

after-school programMost after-school programs are about the result; the show in Drama Club, the games in sports, etc. But a martial arts after-school program is different. Achieving a new belt rank is not our sole focus. Because martial arts is an individual sport in a group setting, our instructors can take the time to hone in on each student and help them progress along their unique journey. Our kids then begin to look to our instructors as positive role models and our instructors are more than happy to fill the role! They have dedicated their lives and careers to bonding with the kids and nurturing them through positive reinforcement, positive self-talk, and a focus on progress, not perfection.

The great thing about martial arts as a whole is that every black belt was once a beginner, so every instructor can teach from a place of integrity and relate to students when they’re feeling frustrated or upset! We show our students how to get back up when they’ve been knocked down, how to always stay humble no matter how far they progress, and how valuable personal development and a commitment to growth can be. Those kinds of lessons just aren’t as common in other after-school programs.

 

Reason 5: It’s Just Fun!

The fifth reason is that the karate after-school program is just plain fun! Our amazing instructors make each lesson fun and engaging. Our classes are all about non-stop activity. We break each class into different sections to keep our kids engaged and learning, and we sprinkle fun games into the mix to add an element of surprise.

Fun activities and games not only help the kids stay engaged with our lessons, but they also help our students connect fitness and positive emotion, a connection that they’ll carry with them for life. All of this focus on fun is also a way for our instructors to sneak those benefits of after-school program like focus, confidence, and discipline, into each lesson. The kids don’t even realize they’re learning something–they’re too busy having a blast! Try our kids martial arts classes now! 

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