For those who have kids when it get challenging at home, we’ve all left the kids in front of the tv and breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, we can get going on dinner, maybe take a look at e-mail’s or sort that huge stack of laundry.
But when your five-year old crosses the “Mother, Children line!” or your ten-year old horrifies you with language that would make a sailor blush, you understand there should be something wrong with what we teach our children. And sadly, its taking place all over the media today, from sports to cartoons, and our youngsters are learning things that we, as moms and dads, swore we would never teach them. Old fashioned values like respect and self-discipline seems to have been forgotten, replaced by the feared “bling bling” pop culture of today.
Simply the idea of your angelic three-year old morphing into a designer-clad, smart-mouthed, money-worshipping, me-obsessed, lay-about is enough to make any parent consider that threatening with a military school brochure, but there is another solution to consider.
Martial Arts training.
From Ninja Turtles to The Karate Kid; you and your kids have all seen the flying kicks, battle weeps and magnificent chops of their favorite TV characters, as they beat the bad men to submission – but, you may ask, how on earth can these acts of physical violence teach my youngster anything rewarding?
Initially, understand that what you see on television is a far cry from what genuine martial arts are everything about. The fact is, martial arts training is based on non-violence.
Originating in Asia (primarily Japan, China and Korea, although Thailand and Vietnam have their own practices as well), martial arts vary from a range of types and styles, all of which are based on well-rounded, moral teachings. The appeal of discovering martial arts is that it encompasses not just the physical element of the “sport”, but mental and psychological lessons as well.
Comparing that to other kid’s activities and sports, where fierce competitiveness and “winning at all expenses” seems to be the order of the day, it’s not surprising that lots of kids grapple with problems of self-confidence and misplaced aggression.
Now picture your kid, in fact, finding out important life lessons, abilities that he will take throughout life, laying the foundation for a delighted, well-adjusted and satisfied grown-up life. If only karate for children was popular in the 70’s, when we were growing up!
Give your children an opportunity to grow up with discipline and values by sending them a good martial arts school.