How Kung Fu Can Benefit Children

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BySifu Lee Jacobs

Bullying is on the rise in the school system, and Maidstone is no different, which is why many parents turn to Maidstone kung fu for their kids, where they can learn self defence skills, and get fit – it’s a win-win all the way around.

Kung fu is a comprehensive martial art that includes many lessons for the children to learn and improve their skills. They learn traditional unarmed manoeuvres along with weapon manoeuvres for combat, self-defence moves, motivation, discipline, concentration, respect, and courtesy. They build self-esteem and self-confidence. They can work their way up through the different kung fu levels.

For your children to get the most out of their kung fu classes, choose a sifu (kung fu instructor) that they like and enrol them in weekly classes at a Maidstone kung fu school.  The coolest thing about kung fu is watching your children blossom physically and emotionally.

If your child is a little older, he/she might be have come up with the idea of taking kung fu classes on their own. Perhaps some of their Maidstone friends are already taking. If that’s the case, you should have a conversation with your child and let them tell you about their interest in kung fu. Perhaps they and their friends have just decided this would be something they’d like to do, then you as the parent will need to speak with others and find out about the Maidstone Kung Fu schools and instructors to ensure they make the right choice.

Parents and children should have a look at the class schedule and decide how many classes a week to take. Once a week is the minimum that should be attended, but three to four times a week is much better to get the most out of the training. Students will need to make sure they have all the required equipment and gear including mouth protectors, groin protectors, sashes, uniforms, training weapons, sparring equipment, etc.

Every night should have at least 15-30 minutes set aside to practice kung fu. It will help to keep the moves fresh in the student’s mind, and it will help to perfect the kicks, punches, blocks, and stances. It’s great if you can do it in front of the mirror.

If your child has a friend that’s also involved in kung fu, you could allow them to practice together. Make sure that they put on their boots, helmet, gloves, and sparring gear. Practice should always occur with an adult present.

Older children can talk to their sifu themselves about testing for their next sash. If you have younger children, then you should make sure that you also have spoken with the sifu or at least are sure your child knows what’s expected of him/her.

Remember kung fu is a contact sport so there are risks. However, when practiced safely and with the appropriate safety gear, that risk is significantly reduced. As a parent, it is important that you ensure your child is never using his/her self defence skills to bully or pick on another person. Kung fu is an art that has been practiced for thousands of years and your child can be a part of this special art.

 

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