Martial arts offers unique benefits for children as young as three years old. And, as with any skill, the earlier a child starts, the better. Here are five ways that martial arts helps your younger child’s development:
1) Develops Focus and Discipline – Martial arts is a great outlet for excess energy. It’s also a great way to teach kids to pay attention, focus, and listen to directions.
2) Helps Motor Skills – Martial arts helps develop both gross and fine motor skills in children. This is done through repetitive techniques, complex movements, and regular exercise.
3) Develops Confidence – By starting martial arts at an early age, children develop confidence quickly. They learn their own potential (“I can do it!”) which allows them to build their sense of self-esteem and self-worth.
4) Teaches Respect and Courtesy – By taking regular martial arts classes, younger children learn the twin values of respect and courtesy. They learn how treat adults and peers with respect.
5) Instills Perseverance – Finally, early martial arts instruction instills the value of perseverance. This pays off in school, homework, and other areas of the child’s life.
Bottom Line: The younger a child starts martial arts, the more these benefits become habits in that child’s life! Three years old is a great time to start!