Today, I gave a Coffee Chat presentation on martial arts, entitled: “Martial Arts: More Than Self-Defense.” (Powerpoint presentation: Martial Arts 2012 CC) I have been teaching martial arts to Parish School students for a year and a half. I was very excited to talk to parents about what their students are learning and the benefits.
Students that I interviewed in the past two weeks told me, “In martial arts, I learned to fight.” That word, “fight” came up so many times and I realized that there is a misconception of what we are doing in class. They are getting so many benefits of reducing their aggressiveness, developing self-esteem, self-confidence, physical fitness, and cognition. Their motor planning has improved, able to coordination arm and leg movements. Sequencing 3-5 movement combinations instantly and actually performing the moves of what they are saying has increased.
Also, I shared with the parents what and how I teach martial arts at Parish. Then I had them participate! They were great sports during each component and looked like they had a good time. They had a little taste of what their students endure in a martial arts class.
The biggest question that came up was if their child was ready. Some things to consider are their imitation skills, stamina, and focus. If they have a great interest in martial arts, ninjas, kung fu panda, then they will work hard and motivate themselves to learn the moves. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, I am happy to talk about your specific child.
I am offering a spring martial arts class on Monday and Wednesdays at 7:45am to 8:15am open to elementary students. There will be a complimentary introductory drop-in class in January. Watch for an announcement in the Parish E-Newsletter to RSVP!