According to KidsHealth.org children 6 - 12 years of age need physical activity to build strength, coordination, confidence — and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle.
They're also gaining more control over how active they are.
School-age kids should have many chances to participate in a variety of activities, sports, and games that fit for their personality, ability, age, and interests. Brainstorm with your kids on activities that feel right. Most kids won't mind a daily dose of fitness as long as it's fun.
Many parents choose martial arts for a structured activity because Martial Arts teaches kids a lot.
1. The fitness includes strength training with aerobic benefits as well as flexibility.
2. According to martial arts professional Scott Dolloff "Martial Arts is a transformational instruction sport. It’s about developing people from the inside out using their sport or the art they love."
3. Kids like the kicking, self defense, and parents love the "Transformation" of their kids with more perserverence, confidence, self esteem, courage, respect and courtesy
Physical activity guidelines for school-age kids recommend that each day they:
Get 1 hour or more of moderate and vigorous physical activity on most or all days. Martial Arts 2 - 3 days a week keeps kids on a schedule
Participate in several bouts of physical activity of 15 minutes or more each day
Avoid periods of inactivity of 2 hours or more unless sleeping. Once again a scheduled martial arts class will give them something to look forward to a couple of days each week.