Shotokan Karate is a way for an individual to realize greater potential and expand the limits of that individual's physical and mental capabilities. Karate in an excellent, time-proven method of personal development. Shotokan Karate is a traditional Japanese Martial Art founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi. Shotokan is regarded as a dynamic martial art as it develops anaerobic, powerful techniques as well as developing speed. Initially strength and power are demonstrated instead of slower, more flowing motions. Those who progress to brown and black belt level develop a much more fluid style that incorporates grappling, throwing and some standing joint locking ju-jutsu-like techniques, which can be found even in basic kata (forms).
WHAT CAN MARTIAL ARTS DO FOR YOUR CHILD?
Martial arts sometimes gets a bad rap. People often erroneously believe that it glorifies violence. They falsely associate it solely with Hollywood kicks and punches. While self-defense is an aspect of it, martial arts goes far beyond that. Not only does it help develop self-confidence and self-esteem, it also builds a sense of respect for others and encourages non-violent conflict resolution.
Martial arts teach socialization skills to diffuse tense situations rather than actively engage in them. Learning martial arts can benefit anyone and everyone. Yet it is particularly beneficial for children, especially those that are working through their own difficult issues. Martial arts is a great way for your child to learn respect for others, to avoid being bullied, and to cope with stress and anxiety. All the while, they’ll be exercising with a group of soon-to-be friends, improving the health of their body and mind.
Benefits of Martial Arts
Confidence Building confidence helps victims of bullying feel more confident about themselves. Self-confidence in itself is often a deterrent to bullying. For bullies, building confidence reduces the bully’s need to seek attention by bullying others. Discipline Learning discipline helps victims of bullying manage their behavior to prevent provoking others. For bullies, learning discipline encourages positive behaviors while discouraging negative ones. It provides clear cut rules for acceptable behavior. Leadership Learning about leadership helps victims of bullying make more friends, thereby reducing their chances of being bullied. For bullies, learning about leadership teaches them how to work others, recognizing how others feel in the process.
Self-Control Mastering self-control helps victims of bullying recognize what behaviors cause a conflict to become worse and then prevent these. For bullies, mastering self-control promotes emotional awareness and teaches them how to control negative feelings. Stress Relief Victims of bullying experience extreme stress. If bullied at school, they’re often anxious to attend. Martial arts relieve stress, making your child feel less anxious and more at ease. For bullies, using martial arts to relieve stress helps lent out pent up energy and anger. It gives them a safe space to blow off steam. Of course, self-defense is a part of martial arts. But the process of learning these self-defense techniques is about building confidence. A victim of bullying that now knows they can protect themselves thanks to their martial arts training will appear much more confident. Much of the time, this confidence in itself prevents bullying.
Learning martial arts can benefit anyone and everyone. Yet it is particularly beneficial for adults, especially those that are working through their own difficult issues.
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