Helping Your Child Know When to Use Martial Artsby Black Belt Parenting Group
Although many parents are familiar with the many benefits associated with teaching kids martial arts, they aren’t always certain how to help their child understand when it is okay to use their martial arts skills. After all, your martial arts skills are not intended to be used for violent purposes. Instead, martial arts is meant to be used to reap the physical and mental health benefits, have fun, and for the purposes of self-defense or protecting others from harm.
If you are a parent or loved one who is struggling to help your child understand when to use their martial arts training, the following information is exactly what you have been looking for. Here’s what you need to know.
The Role of Your Child’s Martial Arts Instructor
First, it is important to understand that a great martial arts instructor will frequently take some class time to help parents learn when it is appropriate for their children to use martial arts skills. (They will also explain to kids when it is okay to use their training.) Additionally, an amazing instructor will also stress the importance of why it is so crucial that children know that have their parents support in the event they do have to put their martial arts skills to use. While you will find the information you need below, don’t forget that you can also turn to your child’s instructor for guidance on this topic.
Is Your Child in Physical Danger?
Ultimately, this is the crucial question that it all boils down to. Is your child in a situation where he or she is in danger of being hurt physically? If this is ever the case, it is completely appropriate for your child to put their martial arts training to use. However, they should understand that they should stop immediately when they are no longer in harm’s way.
With this being said, you, as the parent, will need to discuss what these situations may look like. This can include situations where they are at risk of being attacked by someone with or without weapons. This is a topic that you should routinely discuss with your child. Don’t assume that simply talking about it once or twice is sufficient. This is particularly true as your child’s skills get more and more advanced. (That being said, their self-discipline will also improve, so they may not be as likely to lash out without being provoked.) If there is ever any question, defer to your martial arts instructor for advice.
Is Someone Else in Physical Danger?
While martial arts training is an excellent way of ensuring your child is always able to protect his or herself, it is also a great skill they can put to use in the event they come across someone else in a dangerous situation. They should understand that this could potentially happen anywhere, even on the school playground during recess if they see someone being hurt.
Again, you should make certain that your child knows he or she is going to have your 100% support if they ever find themselves in this type of situation. In addition, they should be well aware that they need to stop once the person they are protecting is no longer in danger of being physically hurt. As a parent, you will want to discuss with your child possible scenarios to ensure they are fully able to understand when another person is in danger. Do this frequently.
Why Martial Arts?
Martial arts offers numerous benefits for any child in addition to being able to protect his or herself and others. You can expect to see your child’s self-discipline, ability to focus, and decision making skills improve, along with their understanding of the importance of respecting others and how to show respect. It almost goes without saying that these improvements will be seen in all aspects of their life, including at school. At the same, you will notice plenty of physical changes too, including improved coordination, fine motor skills, and posture.
Now that you have a better understanding of when your child should use their martial arts training and how to discuss this important topic with them, have them show you some of their newest moves. Afterwards, introduce this topic to get the conversation started.
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