Which Martial Arts is Right for My Child?

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    Ever wanted to be like the Karate Kid? Do you wish to teach the lessons of Martial Arts to your child?

    With many to choose from, you might be wondering “Which martial art is right for my kid?”

     

    There are a lot of Martial Arts schools all across Australia.

     

    Some are modern takes on older traditional styles, some focus on kicks or punches, some place emphasis on overpowering your opponent down to the ground.

    Parents often worry that martial arts is violent but actually it helps kids to learn discipline, confidence and transforming aggression into self-control.

     

    Karate

    Which Martial Arts is Right for My Kid?

    What is it?

    Karate is an unarmed style of combat that uses the hands and feet to deliver blows to an opponent. It is a widely practiced sport all over the world prominently for teaching kids self-defence and discipline.

    What sets it apart?

    Karate is a much more streamlined version of Kung Fu. Each precise move is performed with crisp movements that have distinct stop and go motions.  

    Is it right for your child?

    Your child will be taught kicking, striking and defensive blocking. It’s a very traditional martial art and there’s lots of emphasis on mental attitude and courtesy.

    Where can I find it?

    Gold Coast

    Cutting Edge Martial Arts

    Adelaide

    Crocodile Martial Arts Australia

    Sydney

    Australian Kyokushin Karate Association

    Perth

    WSKF

    Brian Mackie Goju Kai Academy

     

    Kung Fu

    Which Martial Arts is Right for My Kid?

    What is it?

    Known as the discipline of skill, Kung Fu is popularized today as a Chinese Martial Art which involves lots of fluid movements and places emphasis on style over power. 

    What  sets it apart? 

    There’s a lot more style and forms to learn in Kung Fu. Unlike Karate, the techniques in Kung Fu look visually graceful as each movement seem to flow from one to another.  

    Is it right for your child?

    Kung Fu has very philosophical and spiritual roots and practicing Kung Fu teaches child the importance of respecting and preserving this traditional artform.  

     

    Tae Kwon Do

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    What is it?

    Originating from Korea, Tae Kwon Do is one of the more popular choices for parents to send their kids to learn self-defence and discipline. Its growing popularity is attributed to its appearance as a competitve sport in the summer Olympics. While Karate focuses on hand strikes, Tae Kwon Do sets itself apart with its emphasis on kicks – you would have seen the flying kicks in many video games such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.  

    What sets it apart?

    Since TKD places emphasis on ‘kicks’, the three common kicks learned are the Front Kick, Side Kick and Round House Kick.

    Is it right for your child?

     Similar to Karate, this modern day combat sport also focuses on self-defence and development of self-control. If your child is interested in being an athlete, Tae Kwon Do is a popular Olympic sport and finding training is very easy to come by. 

    Where can I find it?

    Melbourne

    Nutaofit Martial Arts Academy

    Brisbane

    Rhee Tae Kwon-Do

     

    Judo | Jiu-Jitsu | Aikido

    Which Martial Arts is Right for My Kid?

    What’s the difference?

    To simplify these three distinct styles of ‘grappling systems that employ joint locks, throws and takedowns, Judo is a sport, Aikido is soft style grappling, and Ju-jitsu is hard style grappling.

    It all originated from Jiu-Jitsu where Samurais developed a self-defence technique in the event they lose their sword in combat. 

    Judo evolved into a sport with more intense throwing techniques. 

    Aikido places emphasis on locking techniques rather than to injure the opponent. 

    They all teach you how to throw your partner with a combination of balance and leverage. Students learn self-control and respect for their opponent.

    What sets it apart?

    The instructor will start the class off with warm up activities like jogging, stretching and bodyweight exercises. It might seem strange at first but your instructor will require the students to perform animal-like movements called ‘shrimping’. Next, you will learn techniques called ‘breakfalls‘  – this is important as it teaches you how to fall safely. Eventually, you will be partnered up with someone with similar height and stature for light sparring. Be sure to respect your partner and listen to the instructor carefully.

    Is it right for your child?

    While Judo and Jiu-jitsu are very physical sports which involve lots of throwing, they are really beneficial to the development of a child’s all round fitness, strength, balance, posture and stamina. 

     Additionally, Aikido encourages avoiding confrontation and never uses force to oppose force. This is a good lesson to teach kids as well. 

    Where can I find it?

    Melbourne

    Melbourne Jiu-jitsu Academy (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)

    Aikido Shudokan (Aikido)

    Adelaide

    Crocodile Martial Arts Australia

     

    Kickboxing | Muay Thai

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    What’s the difference?

    Kickboxing is a modern sport where it incorporates elements of taekwondo kicks and boxing. Muay Thai was developed several hundred years ago as a form of close combat and is the national sport in Thailand. Both styles optimize different parts of the body to disable the opponent with aggressive strikes. 

    What sets it apart?

    Kickboxing primarily focuses on using the hands and feet in practical ways to strike your opponent. Muay Thai is known for optimizing your 8 limbs such as the knees and elbows too to defend yourself against an opponent. Throwing is also a one of moves practiced in Muay Thai.

    Is it right for your child?

    Both combat sports are popular modern techniques used in MMA fighting and more and more kids are taking them up because in a situation where you need to defend yourself, your child needs to take immediate action. Modern close combat techniques like Kickboxing and Muay Thai are much more practical martial arts to send your child to. 

     

    The best way to engage which martial arts is best for your child is to let them see for themselves. 

    Find out what is available in the area and spectate a class.

    Martial Arts is not for everyone but there’s certainly a lot it can teach children.