We’re not your typical Texas family. Although I grew up playing sports, my oldest children have been very vocal in their distaste for these Texas Traditions, such as football or baseball. Heck… even Soccer. While I dreamed of my boys taking center stage as a Super-Star Quarterback or All-Star Pitcher, it’s just not in our cards right now. So, we did the next best thing. We studied their habits, personality, and asked them what THEY want to do.
My oldest son is at the age where he’s trying to find himself, his interests, and where he fits in. Throwing him on a team of big bad football players or intense Little League families, just wouldn’t be conducive for his social growth. Instead, we opted for a sport that is pretty rare, yet engaging…. Karate.
I know NOTHING about Karate. A few things crossed my mind such as Will it make them more prone to violence? Will I have to worry about them hurting others at school?
Out of all honesty? My oldest isn’t violent. He’s one of the shyest children I’ve ever known in my life and I really think Karate can help him bloom through obedience, structure, and confidence. So, while I don’t know much about Karate, my hope is that they’ll build character traits through Martial Arts.
1. Obedience: From what I’ve seen and hear, Karate is perfect at teaching obedience to a child. There is much dedication and structure in Martial Arts and my boys can definitely benefit from more structure outside the home.
2. Courage: While I don’t believe they’ll be using Karate in real LIVE instances right now, I hope their training will give them the courage they need to be themselves and stand up for what they believe in school.
3. Strength: My oldest has never done any kind of sports or training. I’d love to see him build up physical and social strength.
4. Confidence: As I mentioned above, one of my son’s is deathly shy. He says nothing at school and has been subject to ridicule from other classmates. He takes it well, but I know boys. It’ll get worse as they get older. I hope Karate helps him build the confidence he needs to personally grow in social scenes.
5. Self-Discipline: I won’t be there to hold their hand. They won’t have a team “making the plays” for them. This is a sport where you push YOURSELF. This is learning to do things without being told.
6. Respect: Martial Arts teaches children to show respect for not only others, but yourself as well. Using good communication, strong voice, good manners is all part of the obedience learned in Karate.
7. Focus: Oh my how youngest needs focus. He’s 4-yrs-old and acting out, probably out of boredom at home. This will give him something to focus on, a goal, a passion outside of preschool games, puzzles, and well…. Momma. It also shows my oldest how focus can be detrimental to success in school.
What about you? Have you ever studied Martial Arts? Do you have a child in Karate? If so, I’d love to hear your experience and/or tips. I’m a newbie Karate Momma and would be happy for some guidance.
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