is karate a good idea?

Molly - posted on 12/08/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son has enormous energy and I was told by my friends' husband that karate is supposed to help, and also teach them discipline at the same time. Any thoughts?

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Molly - posted on 12/09/2008

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Thank you all for your replies and advice. I am not that educated in Karate/TKD but I will be looking into different programs available for my son. He is only 2 1/2 so I have some time. Thanks again!

Carolyn - posted on 12/09/2008

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I do karate and my husband does as well. My son when he is old enough he will join. It would get your sons energy out and teach him discipline,honor and respect. He will also learn self defense which is a good skill to have. I know the dojo I go to teaches that you don't want to get in a fight and never start a fight but if one is started with you, you need to be able to defend yourself.

A really good question to ask when looking at dojo's is......how long has your longest student been training? If its over 5 yrs its probably a good dojo and if its longer then 10 then they have a really great program. People tend stick around longer if the place is good. I think karate is good for kids to learn.

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I've studied TaeKwonDo for 15 years, and I taught kids' TKD as well, so I am a big proponent of kids in martial arts. You have to find a good, family-oriented school, but in my experience, martial arts kids are a lot more disciplined and respectful than kids in the general school population. In martial arts studios, behaving WELL is cool, not acting up. Additionally, kids gain a ton of self-confidence, gain athleticism, learn self-defense and sometimes develop a life-long addiction to a positive hobby. (Guilty there.)

How old is your son? There are a lot of schools that offer special classes for kids as young as 4, and that's cool. It's not "real" Karate or TaeKwonDo or whatever, but it has all those benefits you want anyway. Sometimes when a kid starts out that young, they seem to be more likely to lose interest and not take it to adulthood, but you can always quit and start it up again later.

When you look for schools, find one that has a strong kids' program and stresses good morals like answering adults with respect and refraining from using martial arts in any setting other than the martial arts school. Some schools even go so far as to reward kids by giving patches for their accomplishments. But remember that patches and fancy uniforms do not necessarily a good martial arts school make. Go with your gut. If things don't feel right, don't go there. Find a place that makes you comfortable. And find a style your kid enjoys. I like TaeKwonDo for kids b/c it's flashy, you get to do the fun high kicks and there are an abundance of TKD schools in this country.

Good luck with your decision! I hope my spiel helped you out!

Mae - posted on 12/08/2008

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I don't see how it could hurt. I've always heard it teaches them self discipline. Some people will tell you it makes them more aggressive...but I don't think I beleive that. My husband would love to put our daughter in karate as soon as she's old enough as well as dance or gymnastics.



However, sports can help kids learn self discipline and help them use up energy as well! I think it's good for kids to be in a group sport, or activity as long as they dont' get over whelmed with it.

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