5 Tips For Students Of Karate In San Marcos, Carlsbad
For most of our students of karate in San Marcos and Carlsbad, attending classes is usually a once per week venture. While we pack a great deal into each and every class, it is always a great idea to think about karate and karate training throughout the week. Here are a few easy tips that can help you get the most out of your karate experience.
1. Practice Makes Perfect
If you want to be a great piano player, you can’t simply attend one lesson per week and then do nothing else to perfect your skills. Practice is a necessary component, and it’s just the same for karate in San Marcos. Spend a few minutes each day focused on practicing your karate skills. One way to make practice a bit more fun is to have your child act as the teacher and the parent is the student. This is a great way for you to learn more about what we do during our karate classes, and it helps build confidence in your child.
While it’s a great idea to review the skills taught during your last class every day, you also can work on improving your balance, coordination and overall strength. For instance, practice balancing on one foot while you brush your teeth or get up and practice your horse stance while you are watching something on TV.
2. Practice Your Karate Attitude
Karate is a physical skill, but martial arts is not just about exercising your body. It also exercises your mind and helps you become a stronger, more confident and more focused individual. In the dojo, all of our students are expected to be courteous to their sensei as well as the other students. This level of politeness definitely should be practiced outside of our facility.
In addition, discipline is an important part of martial arts. Outside of the dojo, this means making a commitment to do your best when completing all tasks. This means students of karate in San Marcos and Carlsbad should work on acquiring discipline in all aspects of their life. Be sure to complete your homework and do it well, make your bed, keep your room picked up and follow the directions of your mother and father.
3. Eat Healthy Foods
It is much easier to stay focused and healthy when you put healthy foods into your body. Our schedules are so busy, however, that it often seems nearly impossible to prepare healthy, home-cooked meals. If possible, plan out your weekly meals and do a bit of meal prep on Saturday or Sunday. Consider purchasing healthy snacks and keeping soda, potato chips and other high-calorie, low-nutrition snacks out of your house.
Breakfasts can be a big rush, but skipping this meal is generally a bad idea as it provides energy to help kids focus on their schoolwork. Smoothies, instant (non-sweetened) oatmeal, whole grain cereals, scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast are just a few quick meals that provide a mix of carbs and protein. For lunches, fresh fruit and veggies, cheese, nuts, salads, wraps and pita sandwiches are just a few ideas. It can be easier to prepare lunch the night before and just load it quickly into a lunch bag the next morning. As your children get older, encourage them to make their own healthy breakfast and lunch.
Obviously, every person’s nutritional needs are unique and many people have allergies or food sensitivities. In general, any time you can substitute fresh, whole foods or homemade foods in place of prepared or processed foods, it’s a healthier choice. At any rate, when you eat healthy foods, you tend to have more energy and this makes it easier to focus on school, chores and, of course, karate practice.
4. Get Plenty Of Rest
A good night’s rest is essential for all human beings and for adults, getting at least 7 hours of sleep can help us reduce stress and increase our energy level. Children and teenagers need a bit more sleep than adults. While every child is a bit different, it is recommended that children ages 4 to 6 get about 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night. Children 7 to 12 years old need about 10 or 11 hours each night. Teenagers need about 8 or 9 hours of sleep per night, although with homework and activities, this can be tricky, which is why proper nutrition is essential for teens.
5. Don’t Skip Karate Class
Obviously, if you want to do improve your karate skills, it is important to come to class each week and come ready to learn. Shake off the troubles of your day and enjoy an hour or so of karate instruction. We try to make each class fun and challenging, and hope that each of our students looks forward to their time spent in the dojo.
If you are interesting in learning more about our school of karate for San Marcos, Carlsbad and Encinitas students, give us a call today and we can set up a tour of our facilities.