Which Martial Arts is Right for My Kid?

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    Martial arts can help develop a child’s sense of discipline and focus. But which martial art should he learn? 

    One of a parent’s worst nightmares is when their child loses his temper in public. While we hope nothing bad may happen to any family, let’s be on the safe side and find a way to channel that rage. 

    Martial arts are a great way for your kids to get fit, gain new friends, and of course, release his pent-up emotions. But can teaching your kids martial arts encourage an aggressive and violent mindset? Not really, according to the latest research. Kids who are learning martial arts actually demonstrate better self-discipline and focus. They also show better socialization skills and are more respectful of their elders and teachers.

    Most of all, its a fun way for your kids to learn what it takes to work hard and succeed towards a goal. Each martial art has a specific belt ranking system. Every three months or so, a student is given the opportunity to ‘level up’ to another rank by taking a test. Some young teens can actually attain a high level in their discipline, usually a black belt. The more a child dedicates time and effort to learning, the higher the ranks he can attain.

    With that, your child can gain so much from learning martial arts. So which system would be the best fit for your kid?

    T’ai Chi

    T’ai Chi is a Chinese martial art that helps develop better posture and breathing. It involves a lot of stretching and bending moves, so it will require a lot of concentration and balance. This art is just right for kids who need to better manage their emotions and for those who cannot participate in heavy physical activity.

    Australia

    Melbourne

    Nutaofit Martial Arts Academy

    New Zealand

    Auckland

    Chans Martial Arts

    Karate

    One of the oldest forms of martial arts, Karate is also one of the most versatile systems for self-defence. Your child will be able to learn how to kick, punch, and block with his arms and legs. Most of all, Karate teaches students to focus on themselves rather than on their opponents.

    Australia

    Sydney

    Ragnarok Combat Academy

    Karate for Kids

    KICKS After School

    Adelaide

    Kenpo4Life

    Gold Coast

    Cutting Edge Martial Arts Centre

    Gold Coast Karate & Kobudo Centre

    Perth

    Shobukan Martial Arts

    Perth Martial Arts Academy

    WSKF Australia

    Swan Valley

    Doubleview

    Craigie

    Cannington

    New Zealand

    Wellington

    Family Martial Arts

    Auckland

    Rising Dragon Martial Arts

    Kiaido Ryu Martial Arts

    Christchurch

    Start your child’s Karate training right with Proactive Martial Arts

    Cashmere

    Middleton

    Mount Pleasant

    Papanui

    Templeton

    Kung Fu

    Heavily featured in movies and TV, this is probably the most popular martial art in the world. Kung Fu is a more physical variation of karate with more emphasis on fluidity and balance. It also teaches better control of the upper body and better breathing technique. 

    Australia

    Sydney

    Sydney Self Defence Centre

    New Zealand

    Auckland

    Chans Martial Arts

    Jiu jitsu

    Jiu jitsu means “gentle art” in Japanese, and it is a martial art that teaches restraint and control over one’s movements. It was designed to counter attacking opponents using throws, blocks and pin downs. Kids will get an intense workout during their sessions, so make sure they have the energy and focus for this discipline.

    Australia

    Melbourne

    Melbourne Jiu Jitsu Academy

    Sydney

    Sydney Self Defence Centre

    Perth

    Perth Martial Arts Academy

    80/20 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    Brisbane

    Martial Arts Queensland

    New Zealand

    Aukland

    Ground Control- East Auckland

    Wellington

    Martial Arts Wellington at the DUB

    Aikido

    Aikido is another martial art that does not require a lot of physical force. It is similar to Jiu jitsu in that it also uses a lot of throwing moves and counters. Many students also learn how to work with their partners without being too aggressive.This martial art may be on the lighter side, but your kid will still get a workout.

    Australia

    Master the dynamic art of Aikido at Aikido Sudokan. Find a dojo nearest you:

    Heidelberg, Melbourne

    Springvale, Melbourne

    Sydney

    Aikido Yoshinkai NSW

    New Zealand

    Auckland

    Calm and Storm School of Martial Arts

    Judo

    A highly competitive sport, Judo teaches kids how to use their opponent’s weight and aggressiveness against them. This is also perfect for kids who need to develop concentration and balance. If you want to teach your kid a more defensive mentality without striking, then this is the discipline for him.

    Australia

    Melbourne

    Newport Judo

    New Zealand

    Tae Kwon Do

    Tae Kwon Do is a Korean form of Karate. Your kid will learn how to properly manage their breathing and energy levels as they practice kicking and striking moves. This martial art requires a lot of sparring and practice to master, in turn teaching your kid better focus and self-control.

    Australia

    Melbourne

    Nutaofit Martial Arts Academy

    Adelaide

    First Taekwondo Adelaide University

    Rhee Taekwon-do

    New Zealand

    Auckland

    Global Martial Arts

    Jungshin Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts (Glenfield)

    We hope that you were able to find the right martial art for your kid’s development. The discipline and focus he will learn these art forms will go a long way towards his growth and development.

    If you plan to enroll your child into a different sport, you can look up a sports centre or class near you through Fun Kids Guide.

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