Karate & Taekwondo In Encinitas VS. Team Sports
If you have young children and are searching for some type of athletic experience for them, there are many options to consider. You might be weighing participation in a traditional team sport versus martial arts, such as karate or taekwondo in Encinitas. Here are a few facts that might help you come to a solid decision.
1. We Teach Similar Skills & Beyond
Aside from the fun factor, one of the main reasons that parents select team sports for their child is because it helps to prepare them for later life. The skills you learn as an athlete and as part of a team can be extremely beneficial. Through team sports, you learn to work with others, to work hard and to be a person on whom others can depend. You also learn how to accept loss and how to win graciously.
During martial arts training, we too stress the value of hard work and commitment. We also teach respect, not just respect for oneself but also how to respect and support our fellow classmates. While we strive to help all of our students become successful at karate, there can be times when you might not win a sparring match or perhaps pass a belt test and move up a level. As instructors, we use these “losses” as opportunities for self-reflection and encourage students to create a plan of action that will help them achieve their goals.
Of course, we also teach skills that you won’t learn through team sports. We teach our students to be self-aware and aware of their surroundings, which can keep them safe in many situations. We teach self-defense skills which can build confidence and increase personal safety.
2. Martial Arts Appeals To Many Personalities
If team sports don’t appeal to your child, martial arts training might be a better option. While there are opportunities for competition at Team MAI, you don’t have to join our Tournament Team in order to enjoy the many benefits of karate training. You’d be surprised, however, to see how many of our “non-athletes” end up enjoying the Tournament Team experience.
Martial arts also is an excellent option for a shyer child or perhaps a child that lacks confidence in their athletic ability. Karate, in its beginning stages, doesn’t require any natural athletic prowess. If you pay attention during class and practice a few times a week, you will succeed. We have many students that come to us with no previous sports experience and they are all highly successful. You don’t have to be tall and strong or athletically inclined to become successful at martial arts, you just have to be willing to work hard and practice. As time passes, though, your child will become stronger and more athletic and their confidence in their physical abilities will increase.
Of course, martial arts also appeals to children who are great at sports. We have many students who enjoy swimming, baseball, basketball, football, surfing and other activities in addition to karate. For these athletically inclined students, karate will improve their ability to focus as well as improving their overall physical condition, and they’ll have a great time in the bargain.
3. Martial Arts & Team Sports Can Be Compatible
If you have a child with tons of energy who wishes to take part in both martial arts as well as a team sport, this may not be a problem. The skills you learn in martial arts classes, such as the improvement in coordination, strength, flexibility and focus should have a positive impact on your performance in any type of team sport.
Deciding to take classes in karate, jiu jitsu or taekwondo in Encinitas as well as a team sport is more a matter of scheduling and fitting it all in than anything else. As a family, you will need to decide how busy you wish to be, and whether or not your child can handle a commitment to team sports, martial arts classes and their schoolwork. The main drawback might be that you child won’t have downtime where they can just enjoy unstructured play and time for relaxation. If you decide to try both activities, your child’s personality will be the best indicator of how successful that might be.
If you are interesting in jiu jitsu, karate and taekwondo in Encinitas, we offer a free two-week trial at our karate school. This will allow your child an opportunity to see if karate and Team MAI is a good fit for them. If you are interested in a free trial or perhaps want to take a tour of our facilities, don’t hesitate to give us a call at any time.