1 — Your Child Will Be More Active
One obvious reason children should do martial arts in this day and age is to get active and moving. In case you haven’t noticed, we have an epidemic when it comes to our nation’s obesity problem. We’re also increasingly unfit in addition to being overweight. The problem is particularly alarming as it relates to our children. Youth sports and physical education programs are great, but not every child is ultra athletic and many schools no longer offer PE.
The martial arts offer many benefits, but when it comes to fitness, becoming a true martial artist means becoming a supremely fit person. Okinawan Martial Arts can help your child get fit and healthy.
2 — We Teach Focus and Stillness
Of the many challenges that we as parents face today is that we are constantly plugged in. While there are a great many benefits to the Internet, there are many more benefits in stillness and utter silence. Unfortunately, stillness and silence are hard to find. At some juncture in life, every one of us comes to learn that the greatest obstacle we face in this lifetime is ourselves. That battle is fought in the stillness of our mind and the willingness to confront ourselves.
Martial arts classes will present many challenges, breakthroughs, and setbacks. At Okinawan Martial Arts your child will learn what it is to be still, challenged, and focused.
3 — Students Will Learn to Take Hits
In the martial arts, your child will learn what it is to take a hit, whether that hit is a literal blow or a disappointment like failing a test. Part of life is learning that we all take hits. The key is in learning how to take that hit and get back up. Unfortunately, this lesson seems to be lost on many in our every child gets a trophy culture.
Half of martial arts is hitting while the other half is getting hit, so your child will learn to fail. When people join Okinawan Martial Arts to learn fighting skills, they can’t wait to lace up the gloves and start hitting things. Seldom does someone mention how enjoyable it is to feel the touch of a focus mitt on the side of the head when their hands drop. Ironically, taking a hit is perhaps the best way to learn how to avoid one or be prepared for one.
4 — Students will Gain Self Confidence and Self Respect
At Okinawan Martial Arts you will witness firsthand the confidence gained by participating in the martial arts. Being able to advance and train with the Black Belts gives all students a tremendous amount of confidence. Of course, training with the Black Belts also gives all of us a little reminder of humility that someone is always bigger, stronger and knows more. And Sensei Ounkham will admonish young students in class that if they ever use their training in the wrong way or to show off.
Your child will learn that confidence and respect for others comes from a deep sense of self-knowledge.
5 — Students will develop an Emotional IQ
Our goal at Okinawan Martial Arts is not only to help our students develop the physical techniques to handle challenging situations, but also to cultivate the emotional intelligence needed to properly navigate these difficult situations.
Good problem-solving and confidence-building skills learned throughout all classes at Okinawan Martial Arts will transfer to many other areas of a student’s life as well, including school, social and family settings, and helping them to be confident, kind and fair individuals.
6 — We Teach Age Appropriate Conflict Resolution
We encourage everyone to listen to what we teach and how we teach it. Okinawan Martial Arts will parallel quality parenting and keep your child on the path to quality relationships and stellar behavior.
7 — Your Child will Learn to Breathe
Breath control is one of the most important things a martial artist must learn. Indeed, nothing is more essential to the success of how we move our body than breathing. And to succeed in anything physical you must access your breath correctly.
At Okinawan Martial Arts, your child will learn the essence of how to breathe and even relax under pressure.