what do u think of kids being in karate

Corie - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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my daughters in karate but a lot of people say its wrong

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Francene - posted on 02/05/2010

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I enrolled my son in Karate when he was 6 yrs. old. It was a great choice for us. He learned about being physically fit, how to void a fight, and how to defend himself if neccessary. The classes really built his confidence and self-esteem. He also learned about setting personal goals, respecting others as yourself, and as he advanced in rank he began to learn about leadership (being a good example to those who are beginning).
I say it is good investment for a boy or girl.

Tara - posted on 02/06/2010

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I would have to ask them "wrong for what reasons?" As is the case in most of the previous responses...most people would agree that Karate is just wonderful for your child. My reasons are a bit different from the normal self defense logic however. My youngest son has Asperger's Syndrome ( a very high functioning form of autism) and is socially challenged :o) He loves the "idea" of sports but is not a team player. We have found that not only does Karate give him the athletic outlet he so desires, but it enables him to do it as an individual in a group setting, if that makes sense. But by far the most rewarding thing he has taken from his karate experience is the ability to FOCUS! Once of the first things he learned were the 3 rules of the attention stance which are focus your eyes, focus your mind, focus your body. Now when he begins to melt down in public where we cannot send him to a quiet space...we can say to him "Alex, attention!" Yup...it looks odd, no doubt. But he gets it and it works!
Karate can be so much more than self defense...it is also about self control and setting and achieving goals. There is no way that can be bad for any child!

Have a playful day!

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My son is 9 and I started taking him to Tang Soo Do (korean karate) 18 months ago. He was being bullied at school and i wanted to build his confidence up. In 18 months he has passed five gradings/tests and competed in one competition in which he won a third place trophy for sparring. My son has gained a lot of confidence doing this and to be honest it hasnt affected his violence levels. He has never used karate on anyone outside of karate class. If your daughter enjoys doing karate then tell other people to mind their own business would they prefer her to be wandering around with nothing to do because that will lead to trouble not karate. By the way my three year old is starting in karate this week too.

Irene - posted on 02/09/2010

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I have my boys in karate & they LOVE it! It teaches them self-discipline, self-control, self-respect & self-confidence. They're behaving better at home & they're able to learn to focus more (ADHD children). It's the best thing I've done for them ^_^

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Michele - posted on 02/08/2010

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I have a black belt in karate so I hope I can help you with this one. I believe as long as the child is ready, mentally and physically, that is a good idea. I think the child should be of school age, younger children are harder to teach and don't understand as readily. Also, the child needs to be able to know the difference between when it is appropriate to use this skill and when it is not - basically it is for self protection as needed and not to be used for play or bullying. My daughter , who is 10, wants to learn and I know she is ready for it. I need to find the right school to teach her (I don't think she will be as cooperative a student for me).

Arwen - posted on 02/07/2010

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I think it's a great idea. It teaches respect, and it will let her be able to defend herself.

Kelly - posted on 02/07/2010

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I am a 5th degree in Kenpo Karate and so is my husband we also teach. I have taught my children since they were three and other kids. It is great for them even kids that are hyper and already hitting because we teach them to control themselves and that fighting is not ok unless absolutely necessary (like if a stranger grabs them). You made a good choice for your daughter and if she likes it she will get a lot out of it!

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No i love the idea of putting children in extracurricular activities. My father was a black belt & I did it too as I was younger. It teaches them disciplince, self control, and it is exercise! Also when they move up a belt, I bet it makes her feel so proud!!! I want to put my son in tumbling tikes (when he is ready) my fiance is having trouble grasping the concept because all he is thinking of is leotards & gymanasts. haha.

Anyways, as long as your daughter loves it and she feels good about herself, I see it as a plus. Plus she will be able to stick up for herself (lol) and they say sports help girls self confidence. good for you & your daughter.

Jane - posted on 02/07/2010

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My 13 year old is a 2nd degree black belt in karate. He has greatly benefited from all that he's learned in his years of karate.

Annemaree - posted on 02/07/2010

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theres nothing wrong with ur daughter doing karate i did it as a child and am thinking of putting my son in it as soon as he old eneough its great to release there anger n frustrations so they dont bottle it up n its also a great disaplinry..... teaches them self defence , confidence n independence and controll. good luck !!

Kelley - posted on 02/06/2010

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I LOVE KARATE! My 10 year old is a green belt and has worked very hard to get there. We have an awesome studio that teaches them discipline, honor, consistency, and many other traits too numerous to name. I believe it helps them to grow and mature in a positive way IF you connect with a really good studio.

Emily - posted on 02/06/2010

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My 10 year old daughter is in karate ...there are a dozen others and they are all very well rounded and grounded because of karate further more IT'S A GREAT IDEA ! I don't know how old ur child is but the earlier the better ,most start @ 3. It's great for teaching respect and disipline. Really it will make molding ur child into a better person even easier. Good Luck!

Erin - posted on 02/06/2010

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Being someone who has taken karate and jujitsu and helped out with the child classes that were the hour before the adult class, I definitely recommend it.

It's best for them to be at least five before starting, because they have to be able to pay attention, and understand and follow the instructor's directions. Otherwise, there is little point to enrolling them other than to give yourself and the instructor a headache and take up class space.

It's a great idea though, because it not only teaches discipline, self-defense and self-confidence, it also keeps them active and healthy (which is a thing that's dwindling steadily in schools with the decline in the frequency of a thing called gym class, and recess).

Keri - posted on 02/06/2010

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Great exercise for body & soul. Go for it. but, remember to enforce that's it's not for kicking other kids butts.. :) Carolee is right on the penny

Stephanie - posted on 02/06/2010

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I think it shows them discipline! Me & hubby want to enroll our 2 youngest

Amanda - posted on 02/06/2010

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I think it's a GREAT thing I did it when I was a kid. And honestly if I could afford it for my two sons I would do it for them. It's great for discapline and self esteem as well as self defense.

Jane - posted on 02/06/2010

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what could be wrong with karate.....it is the best sport for teaching children self comtrol, self displine, and self confidence.....she will be a much stronger child and adult because of it....the thing with karate is you have to be dedicated....it is year round, and can seem time consumming.....as long as she loves it let her enjoy finding herself......jane

Gemma - posted on 02/05/2010

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My daughetrs daddy teaches Kung-fu and for sure she will be going along once she is old enough. Its fantastic for kids confidence and discipline. A good martial arts school should teach apropriate situations to use the techniques and if problems arise out of the training environment where techniques are abused theres always some intervention - thast only happened once in the last few years and depends on the child :p
You wanna send ur kids to martial arts then go for it, nothing worse then other people giving unwanted advice or comments about whats good or not for YOUR kids >.>

User - posted on 02/05/2010

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i think its a great idea it teaches them self discipline and they will know how to defend themselves if ever put in a threatening situation

Nicole - posted on 02/05/2010

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I was in Tae Kwon Do in elementary school and I just loved it. I would honestly consider going back into it. I learned dicipline, it kept me active, and I feel it made me well rounded because I trained with people of all ages, even adults. If my daughter shows interest in martial arts when she gets older I won't hesitate to enroll her.

April - posted on 02/05/2010

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I say if you enforce that it is ONLY for self defense.. its a WONDERFUL thing!!! you do what you think is best for your daughter!!!

Emily - posted on 02/05/2010

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hi, my son is 8 has been going to karate for nearly a yr, he really enjoys it and i think its good for kids for several seasons, the main one is discipline, also i think its good for kids to do activities outside of school,meeting new people etc and so many kids these days want to sit on computers and infront of tv all the time and its good for exercise. i also think its good for self defense, i have all told my kids to never be voilent but i like to know that if he ever neede to he would be able to defend himself. as for people that thinks its wrong, do not understand that at all, take no notice, if your daughter enjoys and benefits from it, other people need to mind there business!!!

Leza - posted on 02/05/2010

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I think it's great! When my daughter was younger she was in karate and it really taught her discipline and coordination and she felt such achievement every time she accomplished a new belt. It's amazing to me how so many people say they've been told by someone they shouldn't be doing something, not just this issue but so many issues. This never happens to me.

Alyssa - posted on 02/04/2010

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Most people who oppose kids taking karate are misinformed or just plain ignorant! I wouldn't listen to what other people think. Do what feels right to you:) You know your kids and what they can handle :) Kids enrolled in karate get a lot more out of it than learning fighting skills! I took karate when I was a kid and I loved it! It teaches self disipline, self control, self esteem, provides great exercise, an outlet to both express themselves and let off some steam in a productive manner. It also teaches kids responsibility for their actions. These are just a few things karate can benefit a child not to mention self defense.

Kim - posted on 02/04/2010

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theres nothing wrong with karate it teachers your children to defend themselfs in a bad situation

Julie - posted on 02/04/2010

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I just enrolled my son into taekwondo. He has been talking about karate for over a year, so for his 6th birthday we got him a one year membership, and he is flourishing. I have already noticed slight changes in his temperment and attitude, and it's only been a month! whoever is telling you it's wrong does not know all the aspects of martial arts. It is not just about fighting. They don't even teach fighting techniques until they are ready to understand what they mean. It is a form of disipline and respect to yourself and those around you (that is what the instructors say). It helps you to focus on yourself. Lots of meditations and, like I said earlier, disipline. Plus, it is FUN!!!! I love watching him in this class. I hope that you do not give in to the hype that it is wrong. .If your daughter really enjoys what she is doing, go for it!!!!

Sally - posted on 02/04/2010

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Its a great idea! My 5 year old is in wrestling and it is wonderful! Keep up the good work mom: )

Theresa - posted on 02/04/2010

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Like all the moms have said already there is absolutly nothing wrong with your daughter taking Karate. My oldest daughter has been taking Taekwondo since she was 5 1/2 years old and in two weeks will be testing for her 2nd degree black belt. Although it has taken her almost 6 years to get to this point, it has been worth every minute of her martial arts training. She still loves going to class as much as she did when she first started. She has alot of self confidence and self discipline due to her martial arts training, and I do not have to worry about anyone ever taking advantage of her. You will be glad your daughter has the training to defend herself should she need to in the future.

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I was a karate instructor for 4-6 yr olds and loved it. think it teaches self control. Alot of the parents said their child started doing bMy girls will do it for sure.etter in school because they paid more attention and were respectful.

Theresa - posted on 02/04/2010

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I've heard that martial arts are very good for kids, especially kids with behavior issues like ADHD. They are very structured and very centered on respect. They also teach that the moves are not meant to be used to beat up your little brother for example. Thy are to be used as a last resort and for defense only. I think the people saying it's wrong don't have the correct undrstanding if how martial arts works. I would either ignor tham or tell them how much it teaches self control and respect.

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I think it's great for kids to be in martial arts. My husband grew up with Muay Thai as a fact of life. He is Thai. It's part of his culture. He has only ever used it when absolutely necessary, and usually on racist idiots who thought they were big and bad, and that the only Asian kid in school would be an easy target. As an adult, he's used it while participating in MMA, but that's really it. He doesn't do that anymore because of a couple of knee injuries (not connected to Muay Thai, but very connected to three tours in Iraq).

He wants our kids to learn Muay Thai, too, and I agree. We haven't found a school that starts kids as young as our daughter for Muay Thai (and our son definitely won't be ready for a few more years. He's 1.) but we're looking, and he's also said we can consider having her do a different type of martial arts, like maybe Tae Kwon Do, for the time being.

Martial arts are outstanding for discipline, balance, and focus, and I think anyone, kid or adult, who's interested in participating should be encouraged to do so!!!

Renae - posted on 02/04/2010

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I think a lot of people are misinformed and think that martial arts promotes violence. That is completely untrue. In fact, the best thing you could do for say, a teenage boy that was getting into fights, is put him in a martial arts class and let him answer to the instructor! In all reputable martial arts they teach respect and to only use their skills in defence. I did martial arts as a teenager. It is great exercise, good for confidence and teaches good principles about conflict resolution and maintaining self control.

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I just went to a birthday party at a Martial Arts World and the master did a demonstration for us and had the kids get involved. I was very impressed! My friend loves it because it teaches her son self discipline and confidence. I totally agree and plan on enrolling my son as soon as he is old enough. It gives children something to be proud of & Karate is not to be used in violent ways outside of class and the students understand that.

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my daughter is in kung fu.but i do know karate is similar in the sense that the teachers are fantastic not only does it boost there confidence ,all the children are thought to support and welcome each other..no body is different while in there class or left out.its fantastic its not about the fighting,so that the can turn out to hurt others.it building blocks to teach them discipline,to keep them healthy and focused and its learning something new.Being able to master different techniques.Being able to defend themselves if needed.my child was in kung fu for less than a year she won student of the year and she won a medal from a master of kung fu because she got most strikes per minute.its not about the medals but her confidence was far more important and the sense of achievement.Not just for my child but for all the children in the class.



for those who say its wrong have the wrong idea full stop.

The also enrolled her a year younger than the should because she was so determined to learn how to do it.she was only 4 and had excellent focus for that age to learn.she never was so proud of herself,while listen to the teachers telling her how well she did at the trial test.She has found something that she is so good that and loves to do.she has been wanting this since 2years of age.it keeps them out of trouble for the time there at it lol.

Heidi - posted on 02/04/2010

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My son is small for his age so I enrolled him as soon as they would take him. Just so he could defend himself IF needed. I went to many different schools and went with the one I liked best. My son started when he was 3 yrs old and still in pull ups! He is now 6 and still goes. It's been wonderful! He has learned a little korean, self confidence, made lots of friends, and he loves his master. He is working towards his black belt now and wants to add sparring. He has learned nun chucks as well. Everything is padded and he has NEVER been hurt or attacked anyone. Actually when at baseball this past weekend 2 kids were hitting him and he responded with "you're making bad choices". I can't lie I did wish he had at least blocked those hits but he was so controlled.... I was proud but upset that he had to experience that. I hope this helps and best of luck with whatever you decide.

Rikki - posted on 02/04/2010

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its a great energy burning sport as well as co ordination skills and they should learn its not for outside the class i wouldnt worry about what ppl say some ppl have no idea about the sport :)

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People who think it's wrong obviously don't know anything about karate. Don't listen to those idiots.

Stefanie - posted on 02/03/2010

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I think it is a great idea as long as she likesit. My 6 year old daughter took it for 6 months when she was 5 and benefited greatly from it. It is great for self esteem, confidence, etc...when people say it's wrong, try pointing out the benefits to them...some might think it is more for fighting like tv has portrayed it.

Kristie - posted on 02/03/2010

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I don't see anything wrong with karate for kids. But if your kid is kind of spazzy and violent already then you should wait until the are older and can control themselves.

Lol - posted on 02/03/2010

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There is nothing wrong with your children learning self discipline and techniques. Most people do not realise that karate... or any martial art... helps children learn to focus. Just tell them that it is not just about self defence... it is just a different type of team sport.
I plan on putting my girl into Aikido when she is old enough. My husband finds it a good way to de-stress.

Carolee - posted on 02/03/2010

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I think it's a very good idea. I'm going to enroll my son as soon as he's old enough. He already thinks he's a karate master, though... he's 2 1/2. He knows not to hit or kick people, but some of his teddy bears don't stand a chance!



Why would it be wrong? You're making sure your daughter has the tools to defend herself should she need it. It's a vital part of the lesson they teach that it's only used for self-defence. Good for you!

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