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  • Writer's pictureTaylor Engle

The Top 3 Benefits of Martial Arts for Children

Updated: Feb 17

As a multi-martial arts instructor with over 20 years of experience, Live Your Beast Life Founder and CEO Shaun Anderson has witnessed the power of martial arts training for children of all ages. From karate and hapkido to aikido, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and taekwondo, he’s helped thousands of students start on a journey of self-discovery and growth, enabling them to emerge as more confident, disciplined, and goal-oriented humans. 


Let’s explore the top three ways martial arts can transform your child’s life, according to Anderson.





We help your child gain confidence


Confidence is a critical trait that lays the foundation for success in life, and martial arts training provides children with a unique opportunity to develop confidence in themselves and their abilities through a series of progressive challenges and achievements.


From mastering basic techniques to earning higher belt ranks and competing in tournaments, each milestone in martial arts training reinforces your child’s belief in their own ability. They’ll overcome obstacles and push themselves beyond their comfort zones. In turn, they’ll gain a sense of empowerment that carries over into other areas of their lives, like in the classroom and at home. 


“I’ve seen countless shy, introverted children blossom into confident and assertive humans through their martial arts practice,” Anderson said. “Martial arts students build a strong sense of self-worth that enables them to navigate the challenges of adolescence and beyond with resilience.”





We teach your child discipline


With its emphasis on respect, focus, and self-control, martial arts teaches children the importance of discipline.


“In martial arts, discipline is not simply about following rules and routines; it’s about cultivating a mindset of commitment and perseverance in the pursuit of excellence,” Anderson said. “Whether it’s practicing techniques, memorizing forms, or maintaining proper etiquette, my students learn to prioritize their training and make consistent effort towards their goals.”


Anderson has witnessed the transformative effect of discipline on children who struggle with attention deficit disorders, behavioral issues, and academic challenges. Through martial arts training, he teaches these students to harness their energy, channel their focus, and develop the self-discipline needed to succeed in school and beyond.





We empower your child to set their own goals


In martial arts, success doesn’t come easily. It’s earned through dedication, perseverance, and hard work. Martial arts students experience the satisfaction of progress as they advance through the ranks, receiving recognition for their achievements and building a sense of pride in their strength along the way. 


“By setting and achieving goals in the dojo, they gain the confidence and determination to pursue their dreams outside of the martial arts world. They go on to excel in academics, fearlessly pursue a career, or make other positive contributions to their communities,” Anderson said. 


Interested in learning more about how martial arts can transform your child’s life for the better? Contact us today!

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