Respect is an important value that everyone needs to learn. But teaching respect to children can be a difficult process, and many parents struggle with this issue. Luckily, there are some things that parents can do to improve their child’s level of respect, and one of them happens to be martial arts. Below we are going to learn how martial arts training can help your child learn the value of respect and how to use it to improve their lives.
Martial Arts Provides a Respectful Environment
When your child walks into a martial arts studio, they will immediately be surrounded by respectful people. Not only will the trainers show respect for their students, but students will also show respect to their trainers and fellow students. When your child sees other kids their age giving respect to their trainers and other students in the class, your child will learn how important respect is. Children are often a product of their environment so providing them with one that has respect in it will give good results.
Your Child Will Learn to Respect Their Elders
Martial arts trainers command respect from their students and they never back down. If the student remains disrespectful, the trainer may discipline the student and even remove them from their class. But most children learn quickly who is in charge and respect is the only way they are going to get to learn martial arts. This helps the child learn to respect their elders which will carry over into the rest of their lives. So if your child has a problem respecting authority, then martial arts just might help them turn their way of thinking around.
Your Child Will Learn to Respect Themselves
Not only will your child learn to respect others, they will also learn self-respect. This is a very important part of growing up and will help make your child more confident in life. There are so many adults that never learn to respect themselves and this can lead to major problems. Those that don’t respect themselves will often fall victim to peer pressure and some even turn to drugs. Signing up your child for a martial arts program can greatly benefit them now and in the future. Having self-respect will help your child avoid the many pitfalls of growing up.
Respect Will Transfer Over
Once your child has learned to respect their martial arts trainer, they will start to respect others off the mat. You will start to notice a positive change in your child’s attitude towards others. They will start to respect their teachers at school, their family at home and their friends. You may even get positive notes from your child’s school telling you how much they have improved. When a child learns respect, it is something that they will often never forget. Teaching respect at an early age will help your child achieve great things both on and off the mat.
They Will Learn Humility
In martial arts, every student will make mistakes and they will lose matches. Failure will often teach children to be humble and respect others that have worked hard to be their best. Losing a match is a great motivator and most students will want to work harder to be at their best for their next match. Seeing how hard it is to become a great student of martial arts will help your child learn to respect those who have achieved greatness. Humility is very important to learn, and it will help your child later in life.
They Will Learn Not to Waste Others Time
Learning to master martial arts takes a lot of time and practice. Martial arts are often taught in a classroom type environment where the trainer teaches many students at the same time. Each student will have to learn how to be respectful in this type of environment in order for everyone to be able to learn. Any distractions will be dealt with by the trainer and your child will learn not to waste the time of others.
If your child is having a difficult time learning the importance of respect, then you should seriously consider enrolling them in a martial arts program. They will not only learn respect, but they will also learn positive values that will stay with them for life.
ATA Park Karate was founded in 1990 in Roselle Park, NJ, by 8th degree black belt, Chief Master Vincent Raimondi. The school has received an Ambassador Award as one of the top five academies in the country.
All three of our locations offer a variety of programs, for pre-school children ages 3-6, and elementary ages children 7 and up, as well as teen and adult training. All programs incorporate physical fitness, self-defense and traditional Songahm Taekwondo, taught with a focus on life skills, all in a supportive, positive environment.
Under Chief Master Raimondi, all of our schools are dedicated to creating tomorrow’s leaders- one black belt at a time.
For more information, call us at any one of our 3 schools. You can also visit our website at www.parkkarate.com.