A lot of good things had come out of last week’s seminar in Bendigo at the Australian College of Sports Development (ACSD). One of the discussions was about youths in the martial arts. Most of us can give many reasons why children should be in the martial arts such as anti-bullying, obesity, discipline, self esteem and the list goes on but there is something we might not be aware of.
According to the ACSD martial arts training is ideal for physical development in children. Young people’s skeletal structures, muscles and ligaments are in the growing stages and the martial arts will greatly assist in building and strengthening their bodies as they mature. This results less prone to injuries in later life. As parents we should not forget these important reasons for our children training in the martial arts. With this in mind, if ‘little Johnny’ says ‘I’m bored’ it is up to the parents to take a stance because they know what’s best for their kids. Instructors are always happy to discuss such a situation.
Mental challenges, increased confidence and focussing are some of the other things children can expect from the martial arts; not to mention keeping away from bad company. They will learn to recognise the difference between good and bad. What is also another important factor is that children in the martial arts are more likely to keep up some physical activity for the rest of their lives in order to stay in shape, feel young and enjoy a healthier life style. That's the secret of remaining young.
At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than a child achieving these mental and physical skills and be awarded a black belt doing their family and friends proud.