Learning martial arts can be a rewarding experience for your children. Martial arts training can teach them discipline, respect and self-defense techniques. It also allows them to get some exercise. Before you go to a martial arts academy to sign them up for classes, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Sit down with your children, and figure out what kind of martial arts class they wish to take. Martial arts encompass many disciplines, each with a different focus. For example, karate or taekwondo are best for self-defense. Kung Fu is good for building strength and endurance. Aikido is very graceful, making it best for accident-prone or klutzy kids.
Visit your local martial arts school, and talk to the instructors. Make sure you understand what is expected of both you and your children. Ask what classes are taught and which would be appropriate for your children’s age and fitness level. Enrolling children in a level that is too high for their ability may result in their disliking the class or wishing to quit, which would be a waste of time and money.
Once you have decided on a discipline and have talked about expectations, you are ready to sign your children up for martial arts instruction. Fill out all forms, and get a physical exam for them if necessary. After paying any fees, they are ready to begin their martial arts training.