Things to consider before enrolling your kids into martial arts classes

Things to Consider Before Enrolling Your Kids Into Martial Arts Classes

A lot of young people become interested in the martial arts at an early age. Parents should encourage this interest. The advantages of enrolling kids into classes include an improved self-esteem, fewer disciplinary issues, and important physical fitness. Taekwondo, karate, judo, and kung fu are just a few of the many popular styles from which to choose.

Before signing up your child to a local studio, it’s worth considering a few important factors. For example, you’ll want to consider cost, your child’s age, and whether you should sign a long-term contract. In this article, we’ll explore each of these factors to help you choose a suitable martial arts class for your son or daughter.

Non-Tuition Expenses

The tuition you’ll pay to enroll your children is the upfront investment. Besides the tuition, there are additional costs to think about. For example, your son or daughter will likely need to have their own uniform in order to participate in the sessions. Keep in mind that you’ll need to purchase replacement uniforms as your child grows older.

Also, if the dojo provides sparring, you’ll need to purchase a few pieces of protective equipment (headgear, pads, etc.) for your children. Like uniforms, your son or daughter will eventually outgrow the equipment; they’ll need replacements.

Finally, if your child wants to participate in tournaments, you’ll need to consider registration fees and traveling expenses. If the tournaments are local, this may not represent a substantial investment.

Your Child’s Age

Some martial arts schools refuse to train anyone under 10 years of age. Other studios will be happy to train your children if they’re at least 4. As a general rule of thumb, your son or daughter can safely participate in martial arts at age 6. The important thing is that the school have separate classes for older kids. When you and your child visit a few dojos, ask the instructors to clarify at what ages the children are allowed to participate in the classes.

Long-Term Contracts

There are many commercial studios that require parents to sign long-term contracts in order to enroll their children. From the dojo’s perspective, having this requirement ensures that revenue comes in. On the other hand, many schools have had to make concessions in order to motivate parents to sign. For example, the instructors might promise an accelerated ranking program for the kids.

It is impossible to say that you definitely should or should not sign a long-term contract. The most important factor is the studio’s philosophy when training children. Martial arts tends to be a lifelong pursuit. Students enjoy a host of benefits aside from simply earning a black belt. An accelerated ranking system is not nearly as important as what the training can offer your child. Before signing a contract, you’ll should have a clear understanding of the dojo’s philosophy and quality.

Making A Wise Decision

Martial arts classes can be a fantastic vehicle for your son or daughter’s personal development. As noted, exposure to the training goes much further than simply learning techniques. The instruction teaches personal refinement and self-control. It provides focus and discipline for kids. It strengthens both their mind and body, and offers improved agility and coordination.

That said, selecting the right martial arts school for your children requires thought and research. You’ll need to consider factors such as the ongoing costs, your child’s age, signing contracts, and the dojo’s philosophy. You should also let your child contribute to the decision.

The list above is not meant to make the choice of selecting a studio easier. Rather, it should trigger a few questions for which you should have answers before enrolling your son or daughter into martial arts classes.

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