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WORDS: Jim Knapp, Triumph Martial Arts

The Physical Child

As children grow ever bigger and stronger it becomes increasingly important that parents take into consideration this question: Is my child Physically Literate? In school, children are taught how to read and write, then continue to be tested on their improvement of these skills. Physical skills should be treated the same way. Physical Literacy includes not only the understanding of several movement terms but also how to execute them.

Things like balancing, skipping, throwing, kicking, and more, should be part of a child’s physical vocabulary. Just as with reading and writing, children need focused and dedicated practice in these physical areas.

What do you do with your child to improve their competency in these physical motions? Many parents turn to sports, a fun way to exercise and grow, but these often become focused on only a handful of skills that ensure a child excels at that sport. Baseball, for example, hones in on a child’s hand-eye coordination but what about everything else? 

Martial Arts is an effective way to develop all of these skills and continuously improve a child’s Physical Literacy. Classes typically include stances for proper balance, posture, and weight distribution. Kicking and striking with coordination, and effective rotation are key elements in training as well. Many styles also utilize complex forms that teach students how to flow from one technique smoothly into another while also expanding on memorization capabilities. 

The Mental Child

A child’s mental well-being is typically viewed through a report card but there are several factors that play a role in earning that “A” Math. Focus, self-discipline, and communication are skills not typically inherent in children. They are learned. More importantly, they need to be practiced regularly. How do you practice these attributes with your child? 

A martial arts academy is an excellent place to reinforce these skills. Instructors set the expectation for a focused class and outline the rules of effective communication. By watching their peers excel in class, children learn and remember which methods of communication are the most effective and discipline themselves to use them appropriately. Such things include how to listen without interrupting, focusing their attention on whomever is speaking, and knowing the appropriate time to speak their mind.

The Emotional Child

A child’s emotions can be the biggest factor in their growth. Negative feelings, low self-esteem, and lack of confidence can easily stunt emotional growth. Even worse, children struggling with emotional issues may attempt to transfer their feelings onto others. Though we view this behavior as unacceptable, it can feel impossible to define what exactly a child needs in order to be emotionally healthy.

We value key skills such as honor, dignity, and integrity, but these terms can be difficult for many adults to appropriately define, let alone communicate to children. As with the physical and mental areas of a child’s development these emotional tools need consistent practice. 

The black belt has gained a reputation over the years as the ultimate master of self-discipline in every aspect of their own life. These elite masters of body and mind are revered as the epitome of power and integrity.

It’s no wonder so many parents look to a martial arts academy for guidance in their child’s emotional growth. The instructors are excellent role models. Through rigorous training they show students just how much they’re capable of and then nurture this confidence.

A confident child does not feel the need to bully and is more likely to defend those being targeted. While it may take years to earn a black belt all children are capable of a Black Belt Attitude.

About Triumph Martial Arts

We realize that each student possesses different physical abilities. Size and strength vary with each individual. Once you have acquired a strong foundation in the basics, our program will enhance your physical capabilities and maximize your self defense skills. At Triumph Martial Arts, we are not interested in just teaching self defense, we are interested in the complete personal development of each student. Individual attention is a feature of each and every class, allowing all students to progress confidently toward their personal goals. We teach students the value of strong character, leadership, respect and good values.

Contact Us Today To Learn More! 941-727-2883 http://triumphata.com

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