Karate benefits for Kids
Sensei Genrao Maya
When we consider after-hours activities and sports for our children it’s really important to consider the benefits for them. Karate can be an amazing activity to get our children into for a whole range of reasons that have nothing at all to do with fighting.
Get active definitely.
One of the most important benefits of Karate for kids is that it includes a physical activity component. Not only will your child move around a lot, but they’ll also build on their strength, coordination, and flexibility.
Build Self-Esteem and Confidence.
Learning and developing new skills increases children’s self-esteem, confidence, and social development. They’ll also need to learn to work as a team with other students and overcome shyness, getting in this way more confidence.
Work on Goal-Setting and Self-Improvement.
Karate has a reward system to encourage the effort and the constancy of the students. Belts from different colors are awarded according to the technical level, meaning they are rewarded for their practice and mastery of skills. Focusing on a goal such as achieving a new rank or belt is a great way to learn about goal-setting and motivation.
Learn Respect and Listening Skills.
Respecting your Sensei and your classmates is an important part of Karate. Children will need to listen to and follow instructions to learn new moves and skills.
Encourage Teamwork and Belonging.
While Karate is typically done as an individual, teamwork is still a vital part of the practice. Working in pairs is often used to teach sparring or to work on moves.
Being part of a Dojo also creates a sense of belonging and creates lifelong friendships.
Get Physical in a Safe Environment.
If you have a child who likes to punch, kick, roll or wrestle, Karate offers a safe environment in which to do it. Children learn how to punch bags, how to land safely if they fall backward and how to block someone else’s punches or kicks. It’s much safer than practicing on their siblings or on the lounge room floor!
Learn About Conflict Resolution.
You might think that Karate is about fighting but it’s quite the opposite in most cases. Karate focuses on self-defence and doesn’t allow fighting between students until they are older and have more advanced skills. The ultimate goal of Karate is to teach children peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and to help them work out ways to avoid physical altercations. Karate has a lot to offer children. It gets them active and teaches them to be confident, peaceful and focused. Plus, if your child grows to love it, they can continue practicing into adulthood where they will still reap many of the same benefits.
MAYA KARATE ACADEMY
Started with Sensei Genaro Maya’s vision. He started to practice Karate-Do in November 1970. Two years later he started to teach karate as a Sempai, advanced student, in his sensei’s dojo.
Karate became part of my life; my love and my passion for Karate led me to start my own dojo in 1973, I wanted to share my discipline and its benefits with more people. My Dojo in Mexico had 300 students, today our organization has more than 30 dojos.
Fifteen years ago, approximately, the Australian Karate Federation invited us to come in order to teach our Karate style.
In 2015 we arrived at Adelaide with a Distinguished Talent Visa, since that day Maya Karate Academy opened its doors.
Today we are working in order to spread our karate style, named, Shu Do Kan, ( Shu means to learn, Do means: the way and Kan means, the place, this is “The place where we learn”), and its with as many people as possible and influence communities with a positive impact. Karate-Do has changed our lives and the lives of many others who have had the opportunity to incorporate it into their life.
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