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Karate – an excellent alternative to traditional team sports for children and families

Many parents want their children to participate in team sports because they want their child to be active, make friends, learn how to work in a team, etc. However, not all children are willing or able to participate in team sports. So what are you doing to get your child active? An excellent alternative to traditional team sports is karate lessons. Karate classes allow children to enjoy all the benefits of a team sports program, and much more.

Good for health and fitness

Like participation in any sport, karate classes help promote health and fitness. Martial arts are an excellent form of exercise and many people turn to this sport to help them lose weight, improve their cardio and build muscle. Your child will learn to take care of his or her body with proper exercise and stretching. They will have a positive outlet for otherwise unused energy and will exercise as much or more than they would if they played any other sport.

Competitive Atmosphere

If you are looking for a competitive atmosphere, this is still possible thanks to martial arts. Many karate schools organize or participate in karate tournaments. Although it is not a requirement to take a karate class, many parents and children enjoy the competitive atmosphere of a karate competition to push them to be at the top of their game while learning how to be a good sport, whether you win or lose.

Learning Life Skills

Good karate schools not only teach kicks and punches, but also life skills. Among the many life skills that children learn through martial arts and that they can use throughout their lives are respect, self-control, concentration, self-discipline, responsibility, leadership skills, self-confidence, and the list goes on and on. Many people are surprised at how taking a karate class helps their child do better in school and in social activities.

Making friends

Some parents turn to team sports to help their child make friends. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work. If your child is shy and has trouble making friends, putting him or her in a situation where a whole group is counting on him or her to perform may not be the best solution at first. While it is certainly a very good thing to help children learn to be responsible and realize how their actions affect others, if you are trying to help your shy child make friends, karate is an excellent choice. They will be able to focus on their own progress while being able to work in a group of peers who are striving to achieve the same goals as they are. Every time your child learns something new or passes a technique, it will give him or her a lot of self-confidence. At the same time, he will always learn to take responsibility and work in a group through small team building exercises in the classroom.

No athletic background is necessary

Many children who do not have sports training or experience struggle in team sports. This can be very discouraging. However, karate classes do not require prior sports experience for students to have a good experience. Everyone starts at the same level with the basics and develops from there.

No age limit

As children grow older, their ability to participate in team sports becomes more and more limited. At a young age, it is easy for them to be part of a community or recreational sports team, but once they reach high school age, it becomes increasingly difficult to continue participating in team sports through tryouts. Not everyone is on the team. However, karate classes have no age limit, there are no tryouts, and it is a fun sport that anyone can participate in at any age.

A great activity for the whole family

Since karate programs have no age limit, it allows parents to take classes with their children. Unlike team sports, where parents are usually only cheerleaders, karate is a sport that a whole family can play together. This allows your family to bond and have a common interest.

Year-round activity

Finally, karate has no “off-season” and since it is indoors, it is not dependent on the weather. Many parents don’t know what to do with their children during the “off season” of any team sport they practice. They want their child to stay active and healthy, but find it difficult to find an alternative activity when soccer or soccer is over. Karate is a great activity that the whole family can do together throughout the year.