There are several after school activities such as some sports activities, martial arts, indoor games, etc. With the vacations coming up the parents and the kids would ponder upon which activity to choose. It is very vital that the activity chosen should be the one in which the kids are interested. But ‘Which after-school activity to opt for kids?’ is a question constantly raising its head in the mind of parents.
Whatever, activity you choose for your kids do consider the personality traits of your kids before deciding to join the training sessions. It self-esteem is crucial for your kids then, team-sports is to left out with, as owing to more members in a particular team there is a high possibility that your kids might not get a chance to show their skills or proficiency and if so, they would get hurt or get demoralized. It the same continues on; the kids might even lose their self-confidence and that adversely affects their growth. Instead, martial arts like karate, aikido can be opted for. In the martial arts training, the kids get chances to show up with their abilities and get the appropriate exposure to the benefits of learning martial arts. It includes making kids more confident, increased strength, become more fit and flexible, can learn to protect themselves, gain more concentration that not only helps in their character development, but even serves to be fruitful for their academic backgrounds.
Again there are several martial arts available as Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Hapkido, Jiu-Jitsu, Kung Fu, Muay thai and Tai Chi. These form of martial arts focuses on striking, throwing, blocking, kicking and punching, so again the same question raises, ‘which martial arts to opt for kids? .’ Before deciding, there are some aspects of the famous arts to be learnt, like:
Karate is regarded as Japanese form of martial arts developed at Okinawa, Japan and involves practice without weapons, so referred as ‘empty handed’ and it includes elbow and knee strikes, punching and kicking. Karate is a popular martial art among the kids in America along with Japan, China even here in Perth. It focuses on teaching self-defense to kids. The movie karate kid and its sequences are evidences of karate’s popularity.
It is also a Japanese form of martial arts, which includes grappling, arresting techniques, but involves less punching and striking so we can consider it as soft martial arts. It is used by the practitioners to counteract the opponents with joint locks, throws by utilising the power of the opponent against themselves. It includes the training areas like blocking, throwing, escaping, and striking.
Tae kwon do
It is the martial arts that had originated in Korea and its popularity has increased with the point of it being included in the Olympic Games since the year 2000. It includes blocking, punching, kicking, open-handed strikes, locking so as to develop strength, speed and stamina of the kids.
It is the martial art that was developed by Jigoro Kano, a Japanese teacher in 1882. The word ‘judo’ refers to ‘gentle way’ which emphasis more throwing down the opponent and halting them with grappling, joint lock or choking tactic.
It is one of the oldest forms Chinese martial arts. It includes physical exercises which are influenced by Chinese religions, legends and philosophers. It focuses mainly on enhancing muscles and cardiovascular fitness of the learners. Some of its general styles include Wing Chun, Hung Gar, Praying Mantis, Eagle Claw.
It is up to you to decide as to which martial arts is best suitable for your kids depending upon your kids intention, interest, physical fitness as no matter which art your kids learn, they would be certainly taught self-defense, respect and discipline and they would learn by themselves as to when and where to kick or punch.