Martial arts has a lot of benefits to offer kids of all ages. So what can you do to support your child and keep this a fun activity they participate in?
Here are a few ways to encourage your kids to stick with martial arts:
1. Stick around and watch.
When your child is focused and working hard, knowing that you’re there to see them do this can go a long way in supporting them. You may not stick around for every class, but make sure that you’re regularly observing.
2. Ask your child about what they learned.
After class, ask your child about what they learned or what they enjoyed about class. In between classes, ask them to show you some of their warm-up drills. You’ll get to see what your child is learning and give them a chance to practice some of their skills.
3. Keep it a positive experience.
When you observe your child’s martial arts classes, avoid critiquing them or pointing out anything they did wrong. Leave the corrections and feedback to your child’s instructor. Find something genuinely positive to praise your child about. For example, you might tell your child how focused they were during class, or you can tell how hard they’re working on a particular skill.
4. Keep up with your own training.
Another way to encourage your kids to stick with their martial arts training is to keep up with your own practice. If you’re interested in learning martial arts, it’s never too late to start. Plus, sharing this activity with your kids is a great way to hold yourself accountable while setting a great example for your family.