Karate is often portrayed in films and tv shows as violent and bloodthirsty. The truth is actually far removed from the image the media would have us believe. Karate training offers much more than just kicking and punching.

Here are 6 reasons why children need karate:

1. Physical Activity
Regular physical exercise is vital for the healthy development of children and to sustain good health as an adult. With today’s youth facing unprecedented levels of childhood obesity and cardiovascular disease, it’s essential that dynamic, fun and challenging activities like karate are introduced to children.

2. Learning Respect
Students are taught to treat others with dignity and respect. From an early age, bowing to others or a simple handshake is introduced as a sign of good sportsmanship, respect and dignity. Students also learn respect for rules and authority.

3. Self Defence
Students are taught skills to defend against an attacker and so can live life without being a victim. ‘How to fight’ is just as important as ‘why not to fight’. Learning karate develops a confidence which will deter bullies.

4. Inner Strength
Regular exercise has been linked to many psychological benefits. The intense physical training of karate will develop an inner strength to cope with intimidation and adversity. ‘Getting knocked down 5 times and standing up 6 times’ is an over-riding message of karate training. This concept transcends from the dojo into all aspects of life.

5. Behaviour
Karate teaches stillness, an ability to not respond emotionally to aggression. Contrary to the distorted image created by the media for commercial and entertainment purposes, studies have shown that karate practice actually makes students less aggressive.

6. Safety
Obviously, there is some risk of injury with karate training. However, injuries are negligible when compared to other popular sporting activities like football, basketball, etc. The emphasis of karate practice is always on self-control and safety is paramount in the dojo. Students learn by striking padded mitts and shields and in sparring, wear padded gloves, gum shields and foot protectors. Karate is a safe way to get fit and active.

Why not read our blog https://loughtonkarateclub.co.uk/uncategorised/self-control-not-violence-is-the-result-of-teaching-karate-to-children/


 The Duke of Edinburgh Award
Children in secondary schools can choose karate for the Physical section towards this award. Simply attend every week for the specified duration (3 months for Bronze and 6 months for Silver). Sensei will sign your weekly activity sheet and make an online report when you've completed your term.