4 Hidden Benefits of Martial Arts
Have you ever had someone ask “Why is your son/daughter in martial arts?” I am sure you have. I am also sure that you were able to give a great answer to that question. I was recently asked that question as well! Before I answered, I knew I really wanted to get to the heart of what we do at Impact, beyond the normal responses. So instead, I remembered a few hidden benefits that I hear most often from our parents! Here are 4 of the hidden benefits of having a child in Martial Arts: “Structured” Physical Activity Notice we didn’t just say “physical activity”! It is easy for moms/dads to take their kids to the playground and watch them have free time for an hour or so. But not our parents, they have invested in something far more valuable for their kids! Our classes are made with the brain in mind and are structured so that we are able to deliver the most up to date information, in a manner that each age group can retain. So not only are our students getting the physical exercise they need stay fit and healthy; they are getting the intellectual stimulation they need to help them stay sharp at school! Socially Positive Stress Relief There is no doubt that the pressures of school academics and social pressures weigh on our kids. This can be seen especially during back to school seasons. But the good news is that even after a stressful or busy day, our students are able to come to Impact where we have built a community in which they can feel safe, confident, and free to be themselves. Many students also create friendships here that will last a lifetime as well! Powerful Positive Role Models We are proud that you chose us to be positive role models in your child’s life. We take that seriously which is why each of our instructors is trained in positive reinforcement techniques that can generate results quicker than many traditional systems that often cause children to step backwards behaviorally. Little “wins” add up We all want our kids to have huge goals, and to achieve them. In our martial arts programs, our students learn that each major win is accomplished through smaller victories. Every month our students work hard to earn a stripe; each testing cycle they are rewarded for their daily effort by achieving a new rank. This cycle continues to be reinforced and eventually, they will know the elation that comes when they have their first black belt tied around their waist. This lesson is valuable beyond words and will help each child for many years in the future.
These are all the things I hope we do well.