Evolution Martial Arts & Fitness Academy

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Why Martial Arts Is Better for Kids Than Sports?

Martial arts or sports?

This is where you need to understand the difference and what you want to help your child achieve through their difficulties.

If your child suffers low confidence, high anxiety, shyness, lack of social skills then martial arts will to help your child using theses training tools which they can invest for their future…

So we have broken down 9 different things, training in our martial arts classes that will help empower your child.


1. Self-Defense

This is the number one reason why most people decide to study martial arts or MMA is a great way to learn how to defend yourself. Martial arts teach you the techniques to defend yourself, but also the way to think about defending yourself – anticipate and avoid potential dangers. 

Training also helps  build up the reflexes you need if you are ever in a dangerous situation, and give you the confidence to stand up for yourself and fight back if needed – which brings us to our next topic…


2. Self-Confidence

As children become more proficient in martial arts, their confidence gets a big-boost. They become more self-assured and confident. Their teacher’s encouragement goes a long way to help them achieve this goal, but the confidence level will extend far beyond the Martial Arts training.


3. Belts and Ranking

Belts and rankings are a public recognition among peers for the student’s effort and progress. Martial Arts ranking system helps teach children to set goals and achieve them, to persevere and prioritise.


4. Discipline

Martial Arts training, such as MMA or grappling is a physical expression of ‘practice makes perfect’.  In a class a student may execute a single movement  or series of related movements, hundreds of times. 

This teaches the student that the progress that always happens during small improvements in technique and stamina, flexibility or power – will come through endless repetition.

Even during sparring  – where the student shows how creatively he or she can apply their well-honed skills – there are still rules and protocols to be followed.  

All of this teaches children to respect one another, their opponents and colleagues, and how to play games fair and square – lessons that follow them in their non-Martial Arts lives. 

It also teaches them to commit, to go to practice even when they don’t feel like it.


5.  Individual Achievement: No one sits on the Bench

Although there are many lessons to be learned from team and individual varsity sports, the ‘make the team’ model often favours the more physically developed players while alienating the late bloomers.

This is where it becomes an problem…

Coaches have access to a endless supply of players that renews itself each year, the big and strong get picked and get to  play while the less physically developed watch from the bench, this leads to a even greater disparity in skill development as the season goes by.

In our martial arts classes, “all kids get equal ‘playing time”

Naturally some kids develop their skills and physical abilities earlier than others but we personally find that many kids who start out with underdeveloped athletic attributes such as strength, speed and size, end up blooming onto some of the finest technicians we have in all of our martial arts programs.

If your child is an athletic wonder who is able to stay ahead of the game with his or her natural talents, athletics may very well bring out the best in him or her.

But if you want your child’s full potential to be nurtured through years of disciplined and diligent training, look for a martial art school who offers a serious program taught by well trained martial arts instructors.


6. Gender Equality

I am sure that while many parents would consider martial arts for their sons, not nearly as many would consider it for their daughters. 

However the martial arts are one of the few sports where both boys and girls can play together.

Martial Arts also gives brothers and sisters an opportunity to practice together and learn from one another as well (not to mention the convenience of having all of your kids in one place at a time).


7. Weight Control

Childhood obesity is a UK issue and rising trends in overweight and obesity are increasing.

The typical martial arts class will often be comprised of warm-up calisthenics, teaching and practicing of moves and some sparring, as well as some active games. 

The warm up and practice comprise the bulk of the time, and for that time your child will be constantly on the go. 

The workout each child gets will not only assist in the natural development of his or her muscles but also help them build stronger Cardio-Vascular systems.


8. You can do it with them

Parents and children can take classes together. If you have the proper space for it, you can practice with each other at home, and learn from one another. 

We also encourage parents to get involve in our classes by pairing up with their kids using our focus pads or shield pads and train together. 

This will give you a special activity to use as a bonding tool with your kids instead of sitting, watching on your phones and waiting for your child to finish.


9. The Never-Ending Season

Many team sports, especially those primarily played outdoors, or in specific weather (think football, rugby and even athletics) are seasonal. 

In our Martial Arts Academy, our classes is open all year round.

This consistency and availability also helps build upon discipline, and allows children to progress at a much quicker pace in our Martial Arts Academy than in Sports itself.

Book your free trial at Evolution Martial Arts and Fitness Academy and empower your child…

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