There is a reason why Oprah, Dr Phil, Dr Oz, Tony Robbins, pediatricians, child physiologists, and educators the world over all have alluded to the fact that Martial Arts is one of the most valuable things you can involve your child in.
It goes way beyond self-defense and can help a child in nearly every aspect of their life.
As a matter of fact, many experts agree that in this day and age of escalating childhood obesity, increased playground violence and deteriorating family structure, if you do nothing else for your child, you should make sure that they learn how to swim and learn martial arts.
If you’re a parent considering what activity might be best for your child, please take a few minutes to read about the benefits you and your child will receive by enrolling in our programs. This will give you a very good sense of what our members experience along the way…
Self-Defense: “Practice the fight so that you don’t have to” is a phrase that is often used to describe the self-defense benefits of martial arts training. It refers to the fact that as a child becomes more confident in their ability to defend themselves through martial arts training, the need to defend themselves automatically decreases.
Because they unconsciously begin to carry themselves in a more confident manner and that confidence is projected to those around them, making them less vulnerable to predatory behavior, Children are taught how to recognize a potentially dangerous situation and how to avoid confrontations. On top of that, martial arts training includes strategic self-defense as well as actual self-defense.
Personal Development: In most sports, you learn life lessons such as “teamwork” and “being a good sport” on the field. But those life lessons are secondary to the sport itself. The goal in those sports is to win games. Not in Martial Arts. This is one big area that martial arts differs from other athletic activities. The life skills children learn in martial arts are not by-products of the training, they are the curriculum! Martial arts teaches courtesy, humility, integrity, self-control, discipline, confidence and leadership along with many other values as its foundation. Martial arts can become a very personal journey of self-discovery.
Athletic Enhancement: There is a reason why virtually every professional sports team in virtually every major sport supplements their training with martial arts. Martial arts training offer several advantages. First, it is amazingly effective in enhancing general coordination because it uses every part of the body in a balanced way. Upper body, lower body, right side, left side, forward movement, lateral movement, rotational movement, it’s all included in martial arts training.
Our members discover that they’re capable of much more than they thought possible. Developing the courage to take on challenges that might have intimidated them before. They learn this in their martial arts training, and they apply it at school, work and at home.
Through regular conditioning, members also increase their physical stamina. They come to realize that physical and mental perseverance go hand in hand. They learn not to let self-doubt get in their way and they strive harder and longer to reach their goals.
Fitness: The three pieces of the fitness puzzle are strength, flexibility and endurance. Martial art training demands a balance between the three. Therefore, someone who trains in martial arts will find their deficiencies greatly enhanced. Also, because of the balance in the three pieces of the fitness puzzle, they are less likely to injure themselves while participating in other athletic endeavors.
Health: Martial arts training is a proven link to better health for people of all ages, but especially children for several reasons. First off, it is great exercise. But because it is fun, kids don’t mind doing it. Discussing diet and lifestyle habits with students is a part of our training, so children develop healthy habits that will stick with them for life.
Improved Focus & Self-Discipline: Most children are easily distracted and have relatively short attention spans. Our members learn to “zero in” on critical tasks at hand and develop the ability to stay on task. Normal childhood distractions don’t get in their way. They learn to make eye contact with classroom teachers and pay full attention.
As they develop the ability to maintain focus, our members learn to develop self-control. In learning the precision of our physical skills, members develop a high level of self-discipline.
Due to the fact that martial arts teaches techniques that could be harmful to others, we are obliged to stress the importance of respect, courtesy, and restraint. It has been proven time and again that children who are skilled in martial arts tend to be extremely respectful, considerate and composed.
Confidence: In Martial Arts, there are no bench sitters. Everyone participates and is evaluated not against others but more importantly, against their own potential.
The structure of martial arts is built on the concept of setting people up for success by giving them a series of realistic, short term goals that they can attain quickly (colored belts) while keeping them focused on an exciting, long term goal (Black Belt). Each time success is experienced, confidence improves until our members believe that with hard work and dedication, they can accomplish just about anything.
Black Belt Excellence: Our goal is to help every member earn their Black Belt not only in martial arts, but in life. As members advance in our programs, we continually emphasize the qualities of Black Belt excellence: respect, courage, self-control, self-discipline and commitment. Adults who nurture these skills become more resilient and self-motivated. Children that develop these skills today become the leaders of tomorrow.
If you are looking for an ever evolving activity. Based on good moral values, dedicated to personal growth; rooted in physical fitness and personal development. Something that will give confidence and build self-esteem regardless of age…then Pecoraro’s Academy of Fitness & Kickboxing is for you and your family.
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