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How does Martial Arts Help Kids? Here are 5 Ways.

Often we are asked how the Martial Arts helps kids. Parents are very focused on the success of their children, and they want to make the right decision. Look no further.  Here are 5 reasons that we, at Champion Martial Arts in Reno implement on a daily basis.  And we are not alone.  Thousands of (traditional) Martial Arts Schools around the country and the world implement these same principles:

1. Respect is Required at All Times: I agree that we want to try and be friends with our kids.  However, it is so important that children of all ages learn what is appropriate at different times.  We require all students to use the formal terms such as “Sensei” when referring to our Head Instructor and “Instructor” when referring to each of our instructors.  Answers must be given in the form “Yes Sensei Ryan” or “No Sensei Ryan.” We do not allow students to use basic, informal terms such as Yeah, Ok and Sure.  This filters over when we are speaking about how students are required to speak with their parents.  The correct answer is “Yes Mom, Yes Dad (or Yes Sir)”, etc.  This requirement places a strong emphasis on the fact that our parents, teachers and people of authority must always be respected, and we must be kind, courteous and attentive to what they are asking of us.

2. Discipline is Also a Major Requirement: Standing at attention with your feet together and your hands on your side is not just for the military. Sitting in a circle in seiza (on your knees) with your hands on your thighs forces everyone to focus on the task at hand. We do not allow children to chew on their uniforms (GIs), play with their belts (OBIs) or look off into outer space. We ask the kids to stand at attention and they snap to attention. Being more formal instructs juniors on the importance of authority and discipline.

3. The Power Talks we Give Every Class are What You Want Your Children to Learn: Everyone is busy.  Many times parents are concerned about whether or not the public school system is teaching their children the values that are really necessary for future growth. We get right to the core of the issue.  We ask ourselves, “What is an absolute necessity for success in all areas of life?”  Those are the topics we concentrate on every single class.

4. The Martial Arts Increases Focus and Listening Skills: With an emphasis on using important teaching methods such as focus anchors and discipline tactics, children have no other choice but to learn to become better at focusing.  There is only one guaranteed way to increase focus, and that is to actively focus on focusing.  Every day. We do that is so many different ways. We make eye contact with them and they do it right back to us proving that they are understanding the point that we are making.

5. Fun and Rapport Create Buy-In with the Kids: Our students respect us.  They look up to us as instructors, leaders, and role models.  We try our best to live the life that we are teaching our students. And most importantly, we make our classes the most fun thing around! This is a full-time focus for us. Every student matters and every family is our number 1 priority.  We have a sincere caring for all of our students, and they can see it.  This feeling they have gets reciprocated and that rapport combined with an amazingly fun environment causes our students to truly buy-in to our teachings.  They really want to become the greater versions of themselves.  It is truly magical.

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Sensei Ryan is a 5th Degree Black Belt who has been instructing and helping with kid’s classes for over 20 years.

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