Why Kids In Belleville, O'Fallon, Fairview Heights Area Should Train In Martial Arts


It’s a tough world out there!

Kids today face peer pressure, bullying, high expectations and uncertainty.

They need a healthy outlet that benefits both the body and the mind.  That makes training in the martial arts a perfect activity for kids of all ages.

3T Karate has fun, exciting and rewarding children’s martial arts classes in Belleville, O'Fallon, Fairview Heights area.  Here are just a few of the reasons kids today should learn martial arts:

Martial arts builds confidence and self-esteem

Children develop confidence through self-knowledge, attaining skills and practice. Through the vehicle of martial arts, they will get to know themselves better, especially their strengths and weaknesses, and learn how to work individually and in group settings. Martial artists learn that true confidence comes from the inside.

Martial arts develops patience 

While some kids are naturals, martial arts isn’t always easy at first. It requires discipline, practice and patience. Kids who stick with martial arts will develop greater patience when it comes to cultivating new skills and working towards their goals.

Martial arts enhances physical fitness and athleticism

The precise, intricate and powerful movements of martial arts help kids develop strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and agility.  The more active kids are at a young age, the more  they will develop healthy habits that will stick with them throughout their life. Regular exercise bolsters nearly every aspect of health and wellness, including healthy weight, strong bones, flexibility, resting heart rate, metabolism, mental health and more. And just as important, Martial arts can help kids and families combat the obesity epidemic running rampant in the United States.

Martial arts teaches kids mental toughness

It is important in life to learn to meet challenges head on. Kids who give up when faced with a problem won’t get very far in the world. On the other hand, kids who can take a hit – whether it’s physical, mental or emotional – and learn to get back up and try again will develop greater resilience and coping skills.

Martial arts demands respect

Martial arts teachers will require respect from even the littlest of kids. This is part of a centuries-old tradition where knowledge is passed from teacher to student. Students learn to set aside their ego in order to learn more from their elders who have learned from those that came before them. Likewise, martial arts instills a sense of honor – respect for rules and etiquette, following a code and showing humility.

Martial arts increases attention span and focus

Let’s face it – kids today are pretty distracted (not to mention their parents). With screens and schedules, our society is busier than ever. Fortunately, at 3T Karate, our children’s martial arts programs offers an ideal solution. Kids will learn to focus on one thing at a time and to bring a sense of deliberate attention to their activities – this will benefit them in school and in life. 

Martial arts teaches conflict resolution

Contrary to what some people believe, learning martial arts teaches kids to avoid violence, using it only as a last resort for self-defense. At 3T Karate we teach conflict resolution, how to face challenges (including bullying) with non-violent solutions.  We also teach our students to look for and see the best in others and to always show respect.

Martial arts helps with goal-setting and goal achievement

Learning to set, follow and accomplish goals can help kids in their education and on into their careers.  3T Karate is the perfect place to learn how to set a goal and to pursue it. Whether it is a certain color belt rank or a particular skill, martial arts provides a systematic way of learning more about the importance of goals for kids.

Martial arts connects mind and body

Until kids learn to control their minds, they can’t control their bodies – and vice versa. Martial arts puts it all together, teaching kids how to breathe, how to connect and how to move mindfully. All of these lessons are incredibly valuable outside of the school, as well.

What it boils down to is that any child – any person, for that matter – of any age can benefit from learning martial arts. Regardless where you enroll your child to learn martial arts, kids can learn so many lessons that will help them throughout their lives – strength, patience, perseverance, wellness and focus, just to name a few.

Begin your child’s martial arts journey at 3T Karate with a FREE first class or a 4-week Trial Special that includes a FREE martial arts uniform (a $99.00 value). To get started, please call (618) 416-2222.

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