For those that don’t know me my name is Lee my wife is Bea we are the founders of Aro fitness kickboxing ,we are this year celebrating our 20th year of teaching kickboxing and still going strong ,with our full time gym in Selsey, lots of satellite classes and a fantastic team behind us. On our journey and it is a journey we learn and carry on learning even at my our age we train with our own sensi who is well into his 80’s, we learn and grow together as my team do, our programme has been developed over many years and changing the life’s of kids and adults alike and that’s what I wanted to talk about today.
The Benefits of Kickboxing
The Benefits of Kickboxing Training for Kids and Adults starting with…
SELF – CONFIDENCE
Mastering the various kickboxing techniques is no easy feat and can work wonders for a child’s confidence levels. When a child reaches a new level it gives them a sense of accomplishment that is vital for their self-esteem and mental development.
For some children, it may be the first time in their life that they’re setting and achieving a measurable goal. They therefore gain the necessary attributes to defend themselves should the need ever arise and get an
endorphin rush in the process.
Kickboxing Training is ideal for instilling a sense of discipline in a child in a number of ways. Firstly, it gives them emotional control and allows them to set personal boundaries. Acting recklessly on the mats will
significantly hamper their progress, so by practising kickboxing they’ll quickly get to grips with how to control their emotions and channel them in a positive way. They’ll also master the art of seeing a challenge through to its conclusion. This requires complete concentration, an understanding of their weaknesses and what motivates them to accomplish a set target.
Finally, they’ll learn to follow a set of rules, which can only benefit them in the classroom.
Success is often the result of good decision-making – and Kickboxing is useful for helping a child develop their decision-making skills. While sound decision-making understandably doesn’t come naturally
to children, kickboxing will expand their ability to judge and react to a situation. For example, if their sparring, they need to decide quickly which move to execute to gain an advantage over their opponent. In both an educational and social setting, this decisiveness under pressure will prove invaluable for their development.
Kickboxing demands the highest levels of mutual respect among their practitioners. From the minute a child walks into a dojo, they must follow strict social etiquette when interacting with their instructors and their peers. Whether it’s bowing to their masters/instructors or supporting other students, practitioners are expected to show respect at every
opportunity. By showing respect all times, they help each other achieve a common goal as they learn a new life skill. What’s more, learning to work as part of a team is essential for being in a workplace environment later in life.
The complexity of martial arts systems means that a great deal of teaching is required before they are put into practice. As such, listening and concentration skills are put to the test when it comes to mastering
martial arts. At a young age, a child is likely to have a relatively low attention span. This is why getting them to learn the importance of listening to, remembering and carrying out instructions is essential. There are few
better activities than martial arts/kickboxing to help them achieve this, even if they’ve had problems focusing in the past. As an example, kickboxing has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Throughout their lives, children will find themselves in unfamiliar environments among people they don’t know. Therefore, taking part in kickboxing training as part of a group prepares them for this challenge. The earlier they can adjust to new surroundings, the easier it will become for them to interact with others. Not only will children learn about teamwork through practising kickboxing, they will discover the true
value of friendship. They will also develop communication skills, which can be difficult for children who are naturally shy or have behavioural
Children spend a lot of time hunching, whether they’re in front of the computer screen or playing video games. This means they need to spend time working on their balance and posture – and guess what can help with that? Standing or exercising on one leg is a classic kickboxing balance training technique, as are the ‘air kicks’ we see on TV and in movies. Achieving good balance at an early age will give a child a healthy posture later in life. It will also help them avoid problems such as muscle weakness and breathing difficulties when they get older.
kickboxing rely heavily on hand-eye and foot-eye coordination, two physical traits children will use throughout their lives. Being coordinated will ensure they are less susceptible to injuries and are aware
of how to use their body effectively. Some of the best kickboxing moves to enhance coordination are the
chamber for a kick or the angle of a fist. These repetitions teach a child how to move, and where they should position themselves. With greater coordination comes greater confidence in your physical ability, which reiterates both the physical and mental advantages of martial arts.
It won’t surprise you to learn that fitness and strength are key requirements of kickboxing so while their training having fun, learning new things and making friends they are gaining these general health and mental health benefits .
All the best for now and hope to see you in class soon Lee, Bea and the ARO Team