Karate Develops 5 Vital Skills For Pre-Schoolers

Karate Develops 5 Vital Skills For Pre-Schoolers

Preschool students at 3T Karate in Swansea develop 5 vital skills necessary for their physical and mental development.

SKILL #1 - Karate Improves Self-Discipline

Sounds obvious right?  Tell me something I DON'T know!  Well, yes, every parent understands that Self-Discipline is Vital, but not everyone understands exactly what Self-Discipline TRULY is which means they don't really know how to help a young child develop it.

Self-Discipline is NOT the same thing as "Authority" Discipline.  When a child "Misbehaves" and a Parent, Teacher, or other authority figure helps correct the child, that's NOT Self-Discipline. Although very important to a child's development, correction and redirection don't necessarily instill Self Discipline of their own accord.

What the Authority figure chooses to focus on DURING the correction or redirection DOES help instill Self-Discipline.  That's why at 3T Karate In Swansea you will never see us "shaming" a child. They might need a correction, but it's vital that they don't feel like they're a bad kid - helping them understand the best ways to act and WHY, rather than just correcting without compassion, will produce kids who stop and think before acting, which is what we all want! 

SKILL #2 - Karate Helps Develop Independent Motivation

Some kids are REALLY independent out of the gate, and others need some coaxing to be able to do their own thing. However, even with the most outgoing of children, there are just some things they don't want to do.  So how do we get our kids to pull their own weight - help with chores, put their OWN SHOES away, etc? How do we build Independent Motivation, especially for things that aren't super fun for kids?  In our classes we sneak "hard work" in between the fun drills in class.  Before they know it, your Preschooler is ASKING to do more pushups or crunches - they'll WANT to sweat and kick and block. Really, we're cheating.

We're using the body's natural endorphins and a really high energy class structure to mask the hard work, and present it as fun. What happens is that your child will be smiling, sweating, and in an elevated state (good attitude) when they're doing difficult things, which is essentially like practicing for life.

SKILL #3 - Karate Increases Coordination

While it's obvious that your child will someday be a functioning adult, it's NOT a given that they will be physically capable, and have a grasp over their body and it's capabilities.  Starting your child EARLY, having them begin to learn simple things like toe-touches, blocks, jumps and kicks helps to build and nurture pathways in the brain.  The later you start, the more difficult it will be for the brain to create those new pathways.  

You can see evidence for it everywhere. The kids who are more active - playing outside, running, jumping, and involved in activities seems to be more naturally coordinated, while the kids who prefer to stay indoors and play video games struggle with basic physical obstacles. Start them NOW learning about their bodies, and they'll be able to use it really, really well for the rest of their lives.

SKILL #4 - Karate Increases Flexibility

This is pretty close to Coordination, but it's even MORE important. One of the things we're crippled with as elderly humans is a lack of flexibility. You see it every day. Some older people really struggle to even be mobile at all.  However, those who stretch their muscles on a daily basis do more than just keep them flexible; they promote healing, growth, and prevent injury throughout their lives, which leads to an old age of peace and happiness, instead of immobility and struggle.

At 3T Karate in Swansea we certainly don't stretch Preschoolers past what they're comfortable with, but we teach them the motions and purpose behind the stretches, and create an atmosphere where stretching is "cool", so that they'll be very likely to continue it as they grow up. 

SKILL #5 - Karate Builds Confidence

If your child completely and totally misses out on all of the 4 previous Skills, but is a CONFIDENT human being, they'll be just fine. Confidence is Vital, but it's also not intrinsic. We see a LOT of Preschool age kids at our school, and every one of them benefits from our classes, because they're never told they "can't" do it.  They might notice that they can't do some move or challenging drill RIGHT NOW, but we discuss the problem, find a solution, then help them work through it.  It's here that preschoolers learn that "stick-to-it-iveness" that is the foundation of confidence.

They learn that challenges don't equal failure, and that application of motivation and purpose gets them what they want. In our classes it's a completed drill or successful kick - in life it's that college acceptance letter or big job.  Confidence is the most important thing they need and we have the most powerful platform available to help develop it.  

If you think your pre-schooler could benefit from any of these 5 vital skills then 3T Karate in Swansea might the place for you.  We have great staff members who are interested in helping you and your child achieve your individual goals.  Give us a call to see if we are a good fit for you and your family!  Call Today! 618-416-2222.

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