Recently, I was at the celebration of the fourth anniversary of my classmate’s son. Since there were mothers and other boys there, a discussion ensued about which section to give the boys to train. And once again I was struck by mom’s fears: Give my son to boxing ?! Yes, he beat off his head there! To fight ?! Yes, they will hurt him there, the arms and legs will break!
Since I myself have been engaged in martial arts for a long time, I even trained at one time, moreover, I received a second education in this direction – I just could not keep silent and spent a little educational program on this topic. In short, I want to share with you so that you may also get rid of contrived fears.
Yes, the risk of injury, sometimes serious, is present. And where is it not? I recently tore a ligament on my toe, hooking my little finger over the door. But in this case, I did not expect injury, but in training for martial arts they are taught to injure. Therefore, the entire training process at the forefront puts the maximum safety of the students.
But at trainings they learn not only to beat, but also to defend properly, to safely take punches. Not only throwing and breaking, but also correctly falling, insuring against falling, avoiding painful holds. Never a sane coach will not put newcomers into a free fight until they master the basics.
The second reason why mothers do not want to let their children go to martial arts is afraid to cultivate aggression in them. At the same Birthday I heard a story about a mother who came to the competitions to her daughter, but when she heard how children scream there during the battle – she was frightened and forbade her daughter to go to workouts.
For persuasion, you can conduct a small experiment. When you are very angry with someone, do 30 pushups, 30 squats, 30 twists on the press and 30 lifts of straight legs from a prone position. Believe me, your level of aggressiveness will noticeably decrease.
And this is only the final and not the longest part of training in martial arts. Who really goes to train, he throws all the aggression in the hall. Therefore, such a child will be less conflicted both in everyday life and in communication with peers.
Somehow the mother of 13 years turned for advice. At home she has eternal scandals and tantrums for any reason. He wants to do boxing. I bought a boxing bandage, walks around the house, pulls them up in my arms, waves them with my hands – what are you doing ?!
They convinced my mother to give the child to boxing. A month later, she came with gratitude: the daughter comes from workouts tired, but incredibly pleased. In the house silence, tranquility and grace.
By the way, since the fall I have led my daughter in judo. For children of preschool and primary school age, in my opinion, the struggle is generally an ideal option. They love to fight with each other, and the lower acrobatics lead them to indescribable delight. You should have seen my daughter’s face when she first tumbled!
In addition, wrestling is a great physical preparation. I no longer speak about discipline. With 10-12 years old, I think we will connect another kind of shock, or even go into mixed martial arts. Believe me, martial arts, not only for boys, but also for girls, will be able to give self-confidence both on the physical and on the mental level.
Well, what, convinced? Ready to give your child to the martial arts section?