5 Reasons Why Martial Arts are Better for Kids than Team Sports

5 Reasons Why Martial Arts are Better for Kids than Team Sports

The benefits of sports for boys and girls are very well documented, but there’s debate of how good team sports are for children.

I am the first to say that if a team sport is something your child is engaged in, happy with, and enthusiastic about, by all means continue.

However, the experience that many children have in team sports can be frustrating and harrowing, turning what should be an experience with lasting lessons into a lasting trauma.

Children are happiest at sports when the following factors are present, according to Project Play:

  1. Getting to try their best.
  2. Coaches treating kids with respect.
  3. Getting to play.
  4. Doing well as a team.
  5. Getting along with teammates.
  6. Exercise and activity.

Some children never get to play, and sit on the bench as adults play favorites and politics.

Others are bullied by their own teammates. Often times the pressure to “be a team player” leads to keeping silent about behavior that adults need to know about.

Or sports are turned into a machine that chews up and spits out kids as the field is winnowed for the most talented.

Or parents push their kids too hard. Certainly, it’s not all sports.

However some fields are more fraught than others. I doubt you’re going to see a brawl at a rowing match, for instance. In general, the more prestige that a sport has, the more fraught the atmosphere.

The goal is not participation, not learning, but a grooming for excellence that few can hope to attain and one that puts younger, less experienced players at a severe disadvantage.

Winning, playing in tournaments and championships, and practice are less a child’s priorities than they are those of the adults.

Everyone wants their child to do well, but there comes a time to pull back and ask yourself if it’s for them or if it’s for you.

Do they own those medals, or are their accomplishments part of your brag book?

Are you seeing bad behaviors from a star player rubbing off on the other kids? Or is your child so discouraged that they just want to quit?

Taekwondo might be a good alternative to offer your child, and to try for yourself.

  1. There is no bench in taekwondo. Everyone plays and everyone participates. Everyone gets a chance to learn and grow.
  2. Individual achievement. Everyone starts as a white belt, no matter how old or young, and they rise through the ranks at their own pace.
  3. Martial arts last a lifetime. Not many players get a chance to practice their sport into adulthood. Some will play through high school and college, but unless they enter the ranks of professional sports, they may find that they have lost the sport they loved. Taekwondo is something you can do for a lifetime, no matter where you go, in and out of school.
  4. Parents can play, too. Leading by example is best, after all, and even adults can use the principles of taekwondo in their lives.
  5. Self-confidence. It is well documented that martial arts build the qualities that make good leaders. West Point notes that martial arts change how a person views themselves, makes them self-confident, and believe that they can achieve their goals.

Your child will not always have a team around them, or you coaching from the sidelines. They must one day go out into the world on their own.

Learning taekwondo can give them a solid footing on which to build their adult lives.

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Preschool Martial Arts
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Discover why parents love our Pre-School Martial Arts program in Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Plantation, Lake Worth FL. It's the perfect blend of gross motor, personal development and character enrichment. Find out why 100's of families, just like yours, trust Parks Taekwondo Federation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers about our Martial Arts Programs

A specific part of our preschool and kids martial arts classes at Park’s Taekwondo Federation in Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Plantation, Lake Worth FL is teaching respect, and teaching when to use their new self defense training and when to NOT use them.  We find that our students become more confident to stand up to bullies.  And have more humility and kindness to others though their martial arts lessons.

We encourage parents to watch their children in their kids martial arts lessons.  We love parents getting involved!  And so do their kids.  Even better… join into some of our martial arts classes for adults.   You’re kids will love that you have something in common.  It will build a strong family bond!

Additionally, if you wanted some ‘me-time’?  Simply drop them off, and go grab a coffee.  They will greet you with a huge smile when you return, because they had SO much fun!

No, not at all! 

We find that people start at varying fitness levels.  But, you will find that you do get fit by doing our Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Plantation, Lake Worth FL martial arts classes.  Isn’t that the point though?

A fun workout that gets results!

Truthfully, the journey to Black Belt is an individual one.  Everyone can progress at a different pace.  There is no judgement on students for how long it does take.  What we can tell you, is that it is SO WORTHWHILE! 

The self defense skills you will master can truly be life-saving!
However, the other benefits of striving for Black Belt, like perseverance, never giving up, commitment and self discipline lead to life-long success.

You will find that your Instructors at Park’s Taekwondo Federation are dedicated to helping you on your journey to Black Belt or whatever your personal goal may be.

We do only have a certain amount of space in our martial arts training area.  To take advantage of our limited time offer…. The fastest way is to fill in form . 

Additionally, you can always call us, we would love to chat with you about what we do, and if our martial arts classes would be a great fit for you and your family!

Simply choose which of our martial arts school locations is best for you:
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and choose the martial arts program you are interested in.  We’re looking forward to meeting you, and sharing our passion for martial arts with you.

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes you can do sport in!  Not really suitable to practice kicks in a skirt.😳

Be sure to bring a water bottle to your martial arts classes. 

You will find Park’s Taekwondo Federation in Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Plantation, Lake Worth FL have martial arts classes for kids and adults that are a great workout and lots of fun! 

Most students are grinning from ear to ear by the end of the class.  I am sure you will be too!

Not at all.  In fact, many students starting in our adult martial arts classes would describe themselves like that before they started.  So you will fit right in!

Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at how much you improve!  You’ll find that our very experienced martial arts Instructors, are trained to keep their teaching simple.  So even the most uncoordinated person will develop ‘ninja-like’ skills!  Come see for yourself!

Yes, our Instructors are very experienced in this new way of learning. We have found students in Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Plantation, Lake Worth FL and around the country really LOVE our virtual and online classes – as they can keep focussed without distractions of other students and recordings can be paused and rewound for additional clarification on techniques.

We have our in-person classes and online martial arts classes.

Depending on your membership, live streaming martial arts lessons and/or OnDemand recorded lessons are a perfect way for kids and adults to learn martial arts in the comfort of your own home. Some people choose a combination of in-person and online/virtual martial arts lessons in the Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Plantation, Lake Worth FL area.

Have a chat with one of our Instructors, to find the best solution for your martial arts journey.

Our technology works with a multitude of devices. Tablets, computers, smart tv’s with internet access, smart phones. Obviously, the bigger the screen, the easier it is to see the Instructor.

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