The Top 3 Reasons Pre-school Age Children Should Train in Martial Arts

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Pre-school age is a critical period for a child’s development, and engaging in physical activities can have a positive impact on their growth. Martial arts, with its focus on coordination, health, increased focus, self-discipline, and socialization, provides an excellent platform for young children to learn and grow.  Here is what I believe, and seen proven to be true, are the top three reasons why pre-school age children should engage in martial arts training, with a particular emphasis on their preparedness for elementary school.

Development of Coordination and Physical Health

One of the primary benefits of martial arts training for pre-school age children is the development of coordination and physical health. Martial arts techniques involve a wide range of movements that improve balance, flexibility, agility, and overall body control. Through repetitive practice of various techniques, children gradually enhance their motor skills and learn to coordinate their movements effectively.  This, of course, will carry over to other sports and overall ability to play, run and have fun.

Engaging in martial arts training from a young age helps children develop proper body awareness, spatial orientation, and fine and gross motor skills. These skills are not only essential for physical activities but also for everyday tasks, such as tying shoelaces or using utensils. Additionally, regular martial arts practice promotes cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and endurance, laying a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Increased Focus and Self-Discipline

Martial arts training requires a high level of focus and concentration, which can greatly benefit pre-school age children. By following instructions, practicing techniques, and participating in drills, young martial artists learn to concentrate their attention and develop an increased ability to focus on specific tasks. This improved focus can have a positive impact on their academic performance and overall cognitive abilities.  Essentially, they learn how to learn.

Moreover, martial arts instills self-discipline in children, teaching them the importance of self-control, patience, and perseverance. Through repetitive training, they learn to set goals, work towards them, and overcome challenges. These lessons in self-discipline can be applied to various aspects of life, including schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and personal relationships as they mature.

Socialization and Preparedness for Elementary School

Participating in martial arts classes exposes pre-school age children to a structured group environment, facilitating socialization and preparing them for elementary school. In a martial arts setting, children learn to interact with peers, follow group rules, and cooperate with others. They develop social skills, such as sharing, taking turns, and respecting others, which are crucial for successful integration into a classroom environment.  Principals and teachers have all mentioned to me over the years, they can really tell the children who train in martial arts. They are well-behaved and know how to focus, follow directions and actually end up being leaders in the class.

Martial arts also provide opportunities for children to develop self-confidence and self-esteem. As they progress in their training and achieve new milestones, they gain a sense of accomplishment, which boosts their confidence levels. This newfound confidence can positively influence their social interactions, enabling them to express themselves more assertively and build healthy relationships with their peers.

Engaging pre-school age children in martial arts training offers numerous benefits that go beyond physical fitness. The physical development and lessons learned are invaluable assets that can positively impact a child’s overall positive growth. Furthermore, martial arts training prepares young children for the challenges they will face in elementary school, both academically and socially. By investing in martial arts at an early age, parents provide their children with a strong foundation for success in various aspects of life.

Amanda Olson-Illescas  aka  Master Mom

Olson’s Martial Arts Academy, INC