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Hello, my name is Terrance and this is blog details everything I have learnt about recreation and sports in the last year or so. I have always been a bit of a couch potato, but last year when I spent a long weekend with my son-in-law, he got me up from the TV chair and out and about. He owns a boat which is docked in Sydney harbour. We spent a day sailing on the sea and fishing. It was the first time I had done it and I loved it. Since then, I have started to get more involved and I can't wait to see what sport he intorduces me to next!


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Why Martial Arts Classes Are Actually Safer For Your Kids Than Most Traditional Sports

by Pamela Bennett

Australia is a nation that loves sport, and this is drilled into many kids from a young age. Parents pass on their tribal love for their particular footy team, whether that be NRL or AFL, and in the summer everyone turns on the cricket. It is not long before kids want to get involved in sports themselves, which is great and should be encouraged as it is good for exercise and developing healthy habits. However, many parents are scared to let their children try out martial arts classes for fear of injury, which is a huge mistake when you compare it to even the tamer and more common sports like football.

Controlled Contact

Unlike AFL, rugby league and football, all contact in martial arts classes is closely monitored and regulated by the instructors on-site. The kids are given lengthy tutorials and then walked through every move slowly so that they understand how to safely engage their sparring partner without the danger of injury. There are also no full-on, explosive fights like you see in the MMA; those are reserved for adults only and are a completely different sport. When you compare contact in these kids martial arts classes to the heavy contact that you see from tired children in rugby, AFL and football, it is clear that martial arts are much safer.

Constant Supervision And Emphasis On Teamwork

Martial arts classes and sparring sessions are very tightly supervised by trained professionals. There are not multiple children running around with only one or two refs trying to provide control. Respecting your trainer and those who outrank you in your discipline is a core fundamental of martial arts, so the chance of a child losing their temper is very low, and even if it does happen, there are people on hand to control it immediately. Martial arts classes are fun and interactive for people of all ages and stages of life, and that is because of the mutual respect and mateship shared by all who partake.

Training The Body

Most of what children do in martial arts classes is based on training, not actual sparring. These come later when they are older. Building up the fundamentals is very important, and although this is different in all sorts of disciplines, one thing all martial arts will give you is better defence in a dangerous situation. Teaching children how to properly defend themselves is a valuable skill and even if they never use it in real life, you have given them the confidence to feel safe and secure when out and about. 

To learn more, contact a program that offers martial arts classes.