While the combined figures of various ball games (soccer, volleyball, football) may make them the most popular sport in the world, it is only for a short time because kids grow out of it and adults seem to lose interest because of no further use fo the game, apart from fitness. What they don’t tell you is the average life span in football is far less than in the martial arts!
Team ball sports (with no disrespect) are always competing with the martial arts because organisers and coaches are always pushing youngsters with their own personal interests and agenda. As some parents have told me they would rather have their children doing the martial arts because of the many life skills being taught. One classic example is the ‘bullying’ aspect. Martial arts instructors are best equipped in this area so I cannot see anybody trying to grass cut us in this area because it would be foolish if they tried.
It is amazing to see the kids in the martial arts grow into good role models. Adults seem to pick up new skills and confidence making them feel better both mentally and physically. In my opinion, when it comes to a decision between ball games and martial arts, the choice is clear.