Is Martial Arts Good For Toddlers?
The short answer is YES! As children grow, they go through different stages of physical and mental development. One of the most crucial stages, which can have far reaching effects in later life, is when children are first beginning to develop their physical strength and coordination.
This typically happens from around 18 months to 6 years of age. At Premier Martial Art and Fitness Academy we offer junior martial arts classes in Perth that are suited to all stages of your child’s development. Our Mini Little Champions classes are designed to help toddlers from 18 months to 3 years learn to move their bodies in a coordinated manner and build a strong athletic foundation for later life. Premier Martial Arts and Fitness Academy’s Mini Little Champions program also helps your toddler learn to follow instructions, and how to interact with other toddlers and adults. Perth’s Premier Academy strongly believes that the movements involved in martial arts training will develop your toddler’s coordination, strength, flexibility and overall fitness in a way that will show immediate benefits.
What Can Martial Arts Teach Toddlers?
In an age where many people turn to the screens of their phones, computers and television sets instead of outdoor activities, martial arts is the perfect way to make sure that toddlers make the best possible start to life by staying active and learning to love physical activity. On top of that, training in martial arts at Premier Academy builds muscle and increase cardiovascular performance, ensuring that your toddler is fit and healthy. The movements involved in martial arts will challenge and build motor skills, flexibility, reflexes and dexterity, which help develop a toddler’s athleticism. This helps create a good athletic base for toddlers that will help them excel in all other physical activities when they get to school.
On top of the physical skills there are important mental elements that toddlers can learn from training in the martial arts at Perth’s Premier Academy. Discipline and focus are hard to build in toddlers nowadays, and parents would no doubt agree with this. But with martial arts, a toddler will learn focus, patience, restraint, and the many qualities that come with discipline. The same level of discipline and focus obtained from practicing martial arts will become a part of their daily lives, providing a valuable foundation for when they start school. Respect for adults, authority, or anyone in an advanced position is also becoming rare among children today. However, respect is a big part of martial arts and its traditions. Toddlers will learn to be well mannered and respectful not only to their instructors, but towards everyone else as well.
A lack of confidence and self-esteem can be detrimental and plague a toddlers for the rest of his or her life. That is why it is important for anyone to develop a strong sense of confidence and self-esteem at an early age. The satisfaction of learning and achieving in martial arts will strengthen a toddler’s self-belief. Martial arts doesn’t just strengthen the body, it strengthens the mind as well. Most of the time, it is our minds that stop us from performing at our best. Martial arts will push anyone to break barriers and overcome fears and obstacles. A strong mind is a powerful tool to help toddlers overcome tough times and succeed in all areas of their life.
While martial arts teaches the importance of teamwork, it is also one of the few activities that requires a practitioner to be self-reliant and independent. Learning how to do a technique, progressing to the next level, or even winning a competition is completely based on the hard work and commitment put in by an individual. So with martial arts, a toddler will excel when the time comes to be independent.
Finally, toddlers will learn how to defend themselves. One of biggest concerns parents have is that their children would not be able to defend him or herself in times of need (i.e. being bullied). On top of teaching children to avoid trouble altogether, martial arts will also prepare them both mentally and physically to defend themselves should the need ever arise. For toddlers, this is mainly about learning to be aware and to stand up for themselves.
What Are The Benefits Of Martial Arts For Toddlers?
There are been countless stories of how enrolling kids in martial arts has changed their lives through the many benefits that come with practicing martial arts. These benefits go beyond just keeping them fit and healthy – they provide qualities and life lessons that are undeniably valuable to a growing toddler. Here are nine major benefits that your toddler will get from the Premier Academy Mini Little Champions program:
Premier Martial Arts and Fitness Academy focuses on individual growth, not on team competition.
Premier Martial Arts and Fitness Academy offers concrete, attainable goals.
At Premier Academy, routines are broken down into manageable chunks.
Premier Academy emphasizes self-control and concentration.
At Premier Martial Arts and Fitness Academy there is a big focus on coordination.
The instructors at Premier Academy provide structure and clear expectations for behaviour.
Premier Martial Arts and Fitness Academy provides a safe outlet for excess energy.
The environment at Premier Academy is accepting and communal.
The martial arts are just plain cool!
What Should I Look For In A Martial Arts Class For Toddlers?
There are so many different styles of martial arts – from taekwondo to karate to jiu jitsu to judo – and many different types of schools – from fulltime purpose built centres to rooms at the local community centre to someone’s garage! It makes choosing the right school for your toddler very difficult! Here are seven things you should look for when choosing a martial arts schools for your toddler:
Free trial lessons
Professional, highly-trained instructors
Instructor to student ratios
Comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum
Any martial arts school worth investing your toddler’s time (and your money) in will have a comprehensive, age-appropriate curriculum. They will teach more than just “karate” or “martial arts” – their program will based on student’s mental growth as much as their physical development. At Premier Academy our curriculum for toddlers is divided into phases based on their age and experience. Our lessons run in cycles so that classes get the best out of your toddler at all times.
Clean, safe training facilities
Classes differentiated by age and experience
The best possible class structure for a martial arts school will have all students, including toddlers, training in classes divided by age and experience. This is essential for your child to get the best outcomes possible from their training. Perth’s Premier Martial Arts and Fitness Academy offers over 150 different classes a week, all divided by age and belt level in order to provide the most appropriate training environment for every student. This structure also provides a clear progression for students as they get older and more experienced.
Flexible membership options
A good school martial arts school will offer a range of membership options that you can choose from. These may range from month to month arrangements to fixed term memberships. There should be flexible payment schedules on weekly, fortnightly or monthly frequencies. Most professional schools will use an outside company to collect their fees as they are usually too busy teaching students to chase after late payments! While most schools will ask you to commit to a fixed membership term, this is not something that you should be wary of as training in the martial arts is primarily about commitment. For example, Perth’s Premier Academy offers casual memberships for toddlers through its Mini Little Champions program, but expects parents to commit for a fixed term once students join the Little Champions program for 3 to 6 years olds.
How do I Get Started?
If you and your child would like to get a taste of the dynamic Little Champions Three-Year-Old martial arts toddlers program and experience what Premier Martial and Fitness Academy can offer your family, then click here to find out about our no obligation, special trial program.