With meth, crack, and other harmful drugs plaguing our streets, it's no wonder why so many parents show concern about their child's afterschool activities. As a parent, it's your job to do all you can to prepare your kid for real world threats-drugs, #bullies, the list is exhaustive. There is hope though. There are many afterschool martial arts programs available in most areas. There are also talks about the implementation of martial arts in the public school system-such as Master Chuck Norris' #Kick Drugs out of America program. Japan, and other nations have already done this on a national level-with great success.
Based on a case study conducted by Nanette J. Miles of Fayetteville State University, there are many ways martial arts teaches self-confidence. In Nanette's paper she outlined ways martial training builds confidence in young adults:
- Develops movements such as proper posture and eye interaction
- Martial arts teachers interactions with kids in a way that makes them feel valuable
- Kids enjoy practicing it.
- The principles taught stay with them their entire lives
- Kids are constantly praised for a job well done by positive, goal oriented teachers
- The martial arts teach kids how to handle bullies safely and effectively
It Worked For Me
I admit that I started my martial pursuits as an eleven year old with less than positive intentions. I wanted to learn Karate because I had a few fights in school, and wanted to fight better. That very first class, the instructor looked out at us kids and issued a stern warning. "I know all the teachers at your school, if any of you use what I teach here in school, it won't be the teachers you will have to worry about, it'll be me!" And with that warning, I figured I would learn for about 6 months, then start fighting again. The truth is, I never started another fight from that moment on.
The Bottom Line
Teaching your kids self-confidence is key to a healthy upbringing. As demonstrated in Japan, and in certain areas in the west, martial training can go a long way in fulfilling this vital need. So, research your local area, and find a martial arts club that works well for your kids. Furthermore, it wouldn't hurt to write your politicians, and ask them to implement a public school martial arts program on a national level.
Lastly, get involved! Get on the mat with your kids, and show them you enjoy #martial #arts just as much!