In martial arts, the debate has always been a hot topic: should kids start martial arts training at a young age? There are many opinions on this issue. Some people say that martial arts is too difficult for children to learn and they should wait until their body is physically mature before starting martial arts. Others say that martial arts builds discipline and self-confidence in kids as well as giving them an outlet for their energy. In this post, we will take a closer look at both sides of the argument to help you decide whether or not it’s appropriate for your child to start training martial arts from an early age.
The term “martial art” can be used broadly to describe any skill that might be used within combat, such as martial arts, boxing, judo, etc. However, when most people refer to martial arts in the context of this debate, they are usually talking about Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ). BJJ is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting and grappling. It’s often considered one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense.
Proponents of kids starting martial arts at a young age often site the many benefits that martial arts can offer children, such as: improved discipline, focus and concentration; increased physical fitness and strength; better self-confidence and self-esteem; and an outlet for energy and aggression. Many of these benefits are also seen in other sports, such as gymnastics and wrestling. So, if your child is participating in another sport, does that mean they don’t need to start martial arts?
The answer is no. In fact, martial arts can offer some benefits that other sports cannot. For example, martial arts teaches children how to defend themselves in a physical altercation. It also teaches them how to physically defend others.
Furthermore, martial arts skills can be used in a self-defense scenario without any prior martial arts experience or knowledge of technique. For example, if your child is getting bullied on the playground and they need to get away from their attacker as quickly as possible, martial arts training might help them achieve that.
On the other hand, there are some potential risks associated with kids starting martial arts at too young of an age. First and foremost, martial arts is a physically demanding activity. Children’s bodies are not as developed as adults’ bodies and they may not be able to handle the physical stress that martial arts can put on their body. This could lead to injuries such as sprains, fractures and dislocations.
Another risk is martial arts training could make children more aggressive. In martial arts, it’s very common for kids to play fight with each other in class by sparring with one another using light contact. This type of play fighting can be great practice for self-defense scenarios. However, martial arts training could make children less hesitant to cause harm to others if they find themselves in a real-life situation where self-defense is necessary.
In general, kids start martial arts at around five years old and many martial arts schools do not allow students under the age of seven because their bodies are still developing and too young to handle the physical rigors of martial arts training. So, if you’re thinking about enrolling your child in martial arts, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons and make a decision that is best for your individual child.
If you do decide to enroll them in martial arts, be sure to find a school that has a good reputation and a staff that is experienced in martial arts instruction. It’s also important to find out what the school’s policy is on kids sparring with each other so you know how much contact your child will be exposed to during their martial arts training.