It often gets tough for today's parents to make sure their children behave as they want them to. Parents who breathe a sigh of relief after placing the five year old in front of the television will ever regret when it dawns upon them what the Idiot Box has taught their kids. Old-fashioned values and traditions are being wiped out and are being replaced by unasked for personality traits based purely on fiction.
Escape route? Most people who would contemplate one would eventually be led to a far-flung military academy. But can not the inculcation of discipline be a little softer on those fragile innocent beings? Obviously yes! The solution lies in preserving the principle and not the form. And in this case, nothing else does it better that Martial Arts.
From Ninjas Turtles to Karate Kid
Actual Martial Arts are very different from the flying kicks and battle croes that we are accredited to see on television. Most of us fail to recognize the point behind teaching the kids such apparently violent activities. Certainly, this is not the case. Martial arts are based on solid foundations of meditation and moral strength.
Martial Art originated mainly in Asian countries of Japan, China, Korea, and to some extent, Thailand and Vietnam. The Art variations in styles and forms, and in all cases, are based on all encompassing moral teachings. The greatness of Martial Arts lies in the holistic development it brings about in a child, emotionally, physically and morally.
When compared to the fierce competitiveness and 'wining at all costs' strategies in other sports, Martial Arts stand out as a form of sport that embodies a personality structure based on calmness, collectiveness and patience; attributes that a child can adopt, and carry along through life. Thus it helps in laying foundations for a happy, well-adjusted and fulfilled adult life.
Karate and other Martial Arts for kids build confidence and self-esteem, and stresses on experiences like self-discipline, respect, concentration and courtesy. Martial Arts is a safe option for kids who do fail to participate in team sports. In schools, it can be used to teach good leadership qualities at a very young age.
Martial Arts Schools
Martial Arts courses for children vary depending on the country of origin of that particular art. Each country has some distinct form of art with their characteristic style and form. Kung fu originated in China; Karate, Jujitsu, Aikido and Judo in Japan; while Taekwondo in Korea. Do your research as to which Martial Art suits your child, taking factors like strength, character qualities to be emphasized by each, and physical capacity into account.
Once you have found that out, the next step is to find the school that has good instructors, a reliable and safe space, and one which gives due importance to values. Also take affordability and schedules into account. Obviously, you can only entrust your child to an academy that is safe; well maintained; clean, and with ample space, in addition to having decent facilities and equipment.
A good instructor should be well qualified, should have good communication skills with children and should not give the child that same school like feeling: it should always be fun learning!
School values are some thing that needs to be closely observed and judged over a period of time. This is one of the most important factors in selecting the best martial arts school for your child.
Finally any good martial arts school would have a price you would have to pay for. There is every possibility that a school with reasonable price can be found, provided one take some effort to look for it. After all, it will save the child from many wrong things, and steer his life in a meaningful direction.
Source by Saman Rashid