The start of the school season can be exciting or challenging for your child. Some may look forward to school days while others may struggle with their school work or social challenges. Either way Martial Arts can help your child develop tools to make the school year more successful.


No matter what age, learning requires the ability to focus on the task at hand and the discipline to see it through. These skills won’t come naturally but can be developed with practice.

A belt system in Martial Arts training gives students goals to work toward. These goals can take years to reach and require commitment and discipline to reach them. In each class, students need to focus on the tasks at hand as well as what they need to do for their personal journey. Shutting out distractions and focusing on task at hand are skills that transfer to many other areas of life.


Confidence can affect many aspects of a child’s life. It may interfere with their ability to tackle tasks or cause social problems. Low confidence can even prevent your child from experiencing new opportunities. Even children who have good confidence can benefit from reinforcement as they move through adolescence.

Martial Arts training provides regular challenges and paths to overcome them. As the child reaches their goals, their confidence grows and not just confidence in the martial art itself. They will feel more confidence in their ability to overcome challenges, in their physical abilities, and in their ability to defend themselves if needed. This kind of confidence can carry over into how they handle challenges at school or address bully situations.


Children may be the bullies, victims, bystanders, or even those that assist the bully or victim. Like most social problems, solutions can be complex but martial arts may play a role. Low self-esteem and confidence is a common factor among bullies and victims. Children who develop more confidence through activities like martial arts may be less likely to bully or be bullied. They may also feel more confident to step up and say something if they see someone else being bullied.

Contrary to popular belief, martial arts does not promote physical violence and bullying. Negative aggression is actually against martial arts principles and this kind of feedback makes negative behavior less enjoyable for children.

Many martial arts programs also have an antibully component that helps children learn how to deal with bullies through nonviolent means. Of course, if needed, children also understand how to physically defend themselves. Sometimes this type of knowledge, gives a child the confidence to defend themselves verbally before bullying escalates.


Children in Martial Arts programs often train together for years which can form unique bonds. Classes also often include children with a variety of skill levels. This means your child has the chance to develop patience and compassion when working with children with less training; and receive benefits from other students that have more experience.

These experiences may make your child less likely to be bullied or to bully. It may also help your child learn skills to step in and stop a bullying situation.

For these reasons and more martial art benefits extend far beyond physical training. It may be a new growth opportunity to help your child reach goals in class and beyond.

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